The Greek-Hungarian friendship has roots from the Byzantine era and the creation of the Hungarian State and was developed from the prosperous Greek communities in Hungary during the 18th and 19th century. Today, the Greek community, which consists of about 5.000 people, is one of the recognized ethnic minorities of Hungary, who work as a bridge of friendship between the two countries.
There is also a Greek village named Beloiannisz (Belogianni), where every year the day of Greek-Hungarian friendship is celebrated. The Greek elements and tradition have a strong presence in many cultural events in Budapest. It is worth noting the importance of the Department of Modern Greek University Eötvös Loránd, in Budapest where the Greek language and literature are taught at university level.
Greek-Hungarian relations are being developed on the solid basis of mutual respect and strong friendship between the two peoples. The fact that both countries are European strengthens this relationship, since the bilateral contacts are performed regularly and in all European levels, contributing to the further strengthening of these relations.
Cultural relations between Greece and Hungary are also important. There is a great number of Greek clubs with a variety of activities: Cultural Association of Greeks of Hungary, the Association of Hungarian youth, the Organisation of Greek women of Budapest, the cultural association “Caryatides”, the Association of Greek traditional Dances “Chelidonaki”, as well as federations and institutions, such as the Greek Student Federation Semmelweis or “House of Hellenism”.
In addition, there is the common Greek-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tourism in Budapest, as well as the Greek-Hungarian Business Council.
The famous ancient Greek historian Herodotus, a contemporary of Socrates, who lived in the 5th century BC and is widely known as “the father of history”, has made references to “Yugra” who are people who lived then west of the Ural mountains and are the ancestors of Hungarians.