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The fundamental differences and similarities between Britian, The British, Hungary and the Magyars Part2

Part 2 Hungary and the Magyars

Politics-Hungarian politics is laughable, but similar to the UK in that a lot of people either protest voted for Jobbik this time around or just had no idea who to vote for. Mszp at the end of their last term was found to be corrupt and sadly Fidesz is no better!

The number system-
Sadly Hungarian’s don’t know how to queue. So in most officials buildings, the bank and the post you have to take a number. When a number system is not available it becomes a chaos of people all thinking they have the right to be first even if they arrived last.

Banking

For every small things you do you get charged whether it be, transferring money to another account, paying by card or withdrawal cash, it all costs money. These charges come from very high taxes the government has out on the banks and thus passing onto the consumer banker.  Unlike the UK the banks are making money form the general population rather than from business accounts.

Day to day life

Hungarian’s are generally very laid back people, but some that you encounter on the street can seem a little rude. For example when walking down the street, there maybe a group of 3-4 people taking up the entire path, for some reason they do not feel the need to move slightly behind each other or to the side just for that brief second you are passing. I’m pretty sure regardless of the country this would be considered rude, especially if you did this to the older generations.

Drinking

Hungarian’s can drink just like the British but maybe even more. Never say no to Hazi Palinka.  Always look the person in the eye that you are cheersing with.

Customer Service

It pretty much doesn’t exist here and is very bad in most places. Most restaurants I have been to, it has taken 15-20mins to order a drink and the food takes forever to come out from the kitchen. You have to make up BS stories if you want to return something just because you changed your mind.

Official administration

Referring to my earlier post https://britgirlbudapest.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/bureaucracy-is-no-ones-friend-in-hungary/.

Hungarian official administration is a mind field for any Hungarian let alone a foreigner.

Aliens

There is is this curious notion that some Hungarian’s believe they are descendant from Aliens. Do a google search and you will find some intriguing articles about this.

The Fundamental differences and similarity between Britian, The British,Hungary and the magyars part 1

This post has evolved out of various conversation with friends about stereotypes. I don’t want to write a piece just about stereotypes of both nationalities because, well that’s just stereotypical. It’s more of a comparison piece.

Lets start with Britain and the British as general:

Politics

Just as hopeless as every other country. Like most of Europe the far right (or not so far right) have started to win seats in the Uk and Eu parliament, but I honestly believe that The great British public are just so fed up with the 3 main parties that these are “protest votes.” This party in questions UKIP is full of as much hot air as the rest of them, and if they do get more seats in next years elections, its hardly likely they would follow through with any of their policies.

The weather

Yes it rains a lot (but not ever day) In fact since moving to Budapest the weather seems to  have improved greatly, there actually was a summer this year, kinda typical really. Yes we like to talk about the weather, but it can be so changeable, so its not like every conversation is the same.

Immigration

A sore subject for most! Common opinions include “they take all our jobs” “they use all our resources (nhs,schools ect)” and my favorite “they come here for benefits.” My opinion of immigration in the UK is quite different, I believe it has enriched the country and made it such a more dynamic place to live, but this is a subject for a different post.

The NHS

The Great British institution everybody loves and dislikes at the same time. It’s great that free health care is available, but it’s so stretched beyond it’s means. It’s near on impossible to get a drs appointment, you wait weeks or months for specialised appointments or treatments. That said we could not live without and would never be able to change to an insurance system similar to the US.

North vs South

Southerns are generally more reserved we don’t really know what to do when a stranger talks to us (unless its for directions). Our northern neighbors are far more open and will speak to anyone no matter the situation.

Queuing

The world over believe that The British like to queue. Come on know one likes to queue, but when it has to be done, why shouldn’t it be in an orderly fashion, where every gets their turn in the order they arrived.

Banking

Simple, easy and free for the general public using a basic current account.

Official administration

It’s very easy to find out anything government related online, most things can be done online or via post, no need to go to official offices.

The Royal Family

In recent years since Kate and Prince William got married the love for the royal family has returned, although I’m sure there are the usual moaners who think they are a drain on public funds.

Day to Day life

Always in a rush not enough hours in the day. This is not just in the major towns and cities, but smaller ones. Is it really necessary?

Moaning Myrtles

British people like to have a good old moan about everything. The main topics being the weather, immigration, the economy, petrol prices (it only has to go up a penny and the day is ruined)

Humor

British comedy is dry and very sarcastic. Enough said.

Customer Service

Generally very good. Companies have clear and easy to find returns policies / terms and conditions. Also the British people are very aware of their consumer rights.

What’s your opinion, experience or stereotype of Britain and the British?

Hungary and the Magyars to follow in the next post 😛