Hi Vince, I just joined DBL and I live in Budapest.
Vaccination program in the country ? (I saw that’s one of the most vaccinated country in EU)
Everything is fully opened now, but inside leisure places are restricted to member of the immunity card only (vaccinated or already got the covid) ex : inside of restaurants, gym, cinema - this doesn’t include shops of course. More than 60% of the population got the vaccine. Hungary is the only EU country to have all the vaccines available, including the Russian Sputnik V.
Do you feel restricted ?
I was feeling restricted mostly with the outside mask and curfew, just like in France, but now they have been removed. I also suffered not to be able to go to the gym and the restaurant, but mostly the two first points. Furthermore, I am not anti vaccine and got it already (the Russian one, only available here in the EU for now). I respect the different opinions about it, and this is a huge debate which I don’t want to enter. I can add that being restricted in a white European country doesn’t feel the same, you can at least go out in peaceful and nice places, and here in Budapest there are a lot of nice parks with fitness infrastructures - and of course - normal people.
Political program ?
Viktor Orban is in my opinion having a very good political line, refusing immigration and decadent ideologies, promoting successfully (white) families (concrete increase of births and marriages), creating good economic and diplomatic relations with both Russia and China, and generally the country is growing economically. I totally understand the doubt regarding the size and lack of power of the country on a diplomatic scene, what I can do to this is providing a positive point : the group of Visegrád (including Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia), also called V4, is increasingly acting as a group in order to be a bigger power. Also, as I said, Hungary has the particularity of being in great relations with both Russia and China.
Your vision about the future of the country in EU ?
My hypothesis is that the V4 would commonly leave EU at some point and act as a new separated group, but I am not a politic analyst, and they probably need the EU funds, maybe if they get it from other big power it could work. I do think it should be a long term concern but not a short term obstacle to live here.
Finally, I need to update some information : Hungarian are warm people, but they do not openly warm themselves to unknowns just because they are strangers, they have very strong identity, so if you don’t match their standards, they won’t try to learn about your culture, they don’t really care, but this is also why 98% of the people refused immigration in 2015 through a national survey. The question should not be if people are nice to you or not, but what you should do to integrate there, you are the foreigner, not them. My neighbor almost doesn’t know me and doesn’t speak English, he is an ex guy from the anti-terrorist force in Hungary, and he gave me flowers pots, Palinka (some alcohol), and always have a nice hand waving every day - I suppose because I showed an educated behavior and I share its identity standards. Also, my girlfriend family treats me like one of their own, even if the parents do not speak English. In the winter this year the max was -5 degrees, which is even less that some parts of France, we also had a fairly good amount of sunny days. I know most of the people are targeting Russia, so if you don’t support Hungary weather, you can definitively forget about Russia.
I hope this will help ! For any more help or questions you can ask me here or on Telegram (benjamin1082)