Cultural Relations

Cultural and educational co-operation have always played an important role in Estonia-Hungary relations. In February of 1998, the Hungarian branch of the Estonian Institute was opened in Budapest by the Minister of Culture Jaak Allik. The Budapest branch of the Estonian Institute was the second such Estonian cultural institute abroad, after the Estonian Institute in Finland. People interested in Estonian culture can obtain practical advice, as well as all manner of cultural information from the Institute. Every spring, the institute organizes a weeklong series of events called “Estonian Days” in Hungary.

The Estonian-Hungarian Society has been active in Tallinn since 1990. Hungarians residing in Estonia established the Munkácsy Mihály Hungarians’ Association, and the Hungarian Cultural Society UKS is active in Tartu. There is also a Hungarian Cultural Institute located in Tallinn, whose predecessor (the Hungarian Culture Representation) was established in 1993. There is also an active Hungarian-Estonian Society in Budapest led by Honorary Consul András Bereczki.

Estonia and Hungary also have an exchange program for teachers and students. Estonian language lecturers work in Budapest, Szombathely, Szeged and Debrecen, while a Hungarian language lecturer teaches at the University of Tartu. The Estonian language can be studied in Budapest’s ELTE University.

As of September 2023, there are 83 Estonian citizens officially residing in Hungary.