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Kunama 1959


Hungary is a country about the size of the state of Victoria. It is situated in Central Europe, and Budapest is its capital city. The Danube cuts Hungary in half, coming from Germany and ending in the Black Sea.

Hungary has a very dense population, compared with Australia, of about nine million people. In the capital city there are about one million inhabitants. For many centuries Hungary had to obey the rule of Turkey which was a great power in Central Europe. The ten million people of Hungary have had a very troubled history for as long back as history goes.

In Budapest there are twenty four suburbs, but the greatest beauty is in the countryside. Let us go into the country. Here on the western side of the Danube it is very hilly. If we go on to the west we find a very big lake, much bigger than Lake Eyre. There are around the lakes a lot of mountains, and in the mountains plenty of little towns. On the side of a hill we find grapes growing, and perhaps some wheat. On the tops of the mountains there is snow in winter time.

These grapes I was talking about make one of the finest wines in the world. In Hungary sweet wine is very popular.

Let us now go east from Budapest. All you can see is plains, and there the peasants grow rye, wheat and a little bit of rice. But not very much, for the weather is really too cold for rice. Most people grow vegetables instead, and there are many big orchards. It is a habit of the people to have fish ponds, and you may see one in nearly every kitchen garden.

All the boys play soccer and Hungarians are very good at it. The English brought soccer here not very long ago and now there are many world class teams in the country.

Hungary is a very little country, but it has plenty of riches.


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