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Hungarian translation services

We provide top-quality translations into and from Hungarian for companies, government organisations, and individuals. Our extensive network of highly qualified, specialist translators always allows us to find the right translator for your document. These translators are all native speakers of Hungarian with their own area of expertise. We have technical translators, translators who specialise in medical subjects, financial experts, legal specialist, and others with in-depth knowledge of politics, sports, culture, journalism, and much more.

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Doing business in Hungary

Hungary may not seem like the most obvious place for some to find a business partner, but the economic growth that the country has seen in recent years makes it very attractive for foreign investment. Despite being a relatively short distance from the UK, there are a number of important cultural differences which you should take into account. The tips below will help you understand the differences in business culture.

Tip 1: Formality:

In general, Hungarian people are exceptionally formal. This is apparent from the start, when it comes to how people greet each other, which is with a strong handshake. Upon being introduced, the surname is given first, then the first name. In the course of the conversation, any title is given before the first name. As well as greeting everyone individually with a handshake, a business card is generally given to all those present as well. Dress is also very formal.

Tip 2: Hungarian hierarchy

Many companies in Hungary are hierarchical, and important decisions will always be taken at the highest level. Several people will be present during negotiations so it isn’t always clear who the director may be.

Tip 3: Building a relationship

Prior to doing business in Hungary, it’s a good idea to invest time and effort in building relationships there. It is not unusual to establish such contacts while enjoying lunch, dinner, or some form of entertainment, but it is important not to talk about business matters at such times. A good conclusion to a conversation or transaction is often to celebrate it with an alcoholic drink.

Tip 4: The language

Hungary’s older generation often speaks German as a second language, while younger people mostly speak English. Presenting business documents in Hungarian or displaying a bilingual business card is greatly appreciated. We will be happy to help you do this and we have native Hungarian translators with extensive experience in various specialist fields. If you need manuals, technical documents or even daily correspondence translated, you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to get in touch with us for more information.

Using an English-Hungarian translator who is able to translate into their mother tongue is also a real guarantee of quality and will bring legitimacy and visibility to your company. A certified translation of your personal documents (diplomas, birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.) may also be required by the local authorities.

Katrin Bjørstorp
MarCom / Executive Assistant
Eltel Networks A/S
I must say you live up to your name. Fast assistance and good service. And despite the short deadline, the material was returned BEFORE time!

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