Hungary in maps

172 colour maps and diagrams, 52 tables are complemented by clear, authoritative explanatory text in English


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Hungary in Maps
Edited by Kocsis, K.–Schweitzer, F.
Geographical Research Institute Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Budapest, 212 p.
Budapest, 2009
Hungary in Maps is a national atlas like publication providing a clear overview of present-day Hungary presenting the results of research in the fields of geography, demography, economics, history, geophysics, geology, hydrology, meteorology, pedology and other earth sciences. 172 colour maps and diagrams, 52 tables are complemented by clear, authoritative explanatory in English. This project serves as a preliminary study for the planned 3rd edition of the National Atlas of Hungary.
In its concentration and focus, this atlas was intended to act as Hungary’s ‘business card’, as the country’s résumé, to serve as an information resource for the sophisticated general reader and to inform the international scientific community about the foremost challenges facing Hungary today, both in a European context and on a global scale.
Examples of such intriguing topics are: stability and change in the ethnic and state territory, natural hazards, earthquakes, urgent flood control and water management tasks, land degradation, the state of nature conservation, international environmental conflicts, the general population decline, ageing, the increase in unemployment, the Roma population at home and the situation of Hungarian minorities abroad, new trends in urban development, controversial economic and social consequences as a result of the transition to a market economy, privatisation, the massive influx of foreign direct investment, perspectives on the exploitation of mineral resources, problems in the energy supply and electricity generation, increasing spatial concentration focused on Budapest in the field of services (e.g. in banking, retail, transport and telecommunications networks), and finally the shaping of an internationally competitive tourism industry, thus making Hungary more attractive to visit.
This short information on the atlas is based on an article written by Prof. István Klinghammer