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- Central Europe;
- Neighbours: Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania.

- temperate climate;
- cold, cloudy, humid winters;
- warm summers.

Macro indicators
* 2018 estimates
Pop. density*:105.1people/km2
GDP*:130.9EUR billion

European Union:
EU member, since 2004

Currency: Forint
Code: HUF
Since: 1946

Insurance market portfolio
* 2018 estimates
Overall Property*:18%
Overall Motor*:26%

Starting October 1, 2013, the National Bank of Hungary took over all activities of financial market regulator PSZAF



Hungary 3Q2019 Market Portfolio (MNB)

Hungary 1H2019 Market Portfolio M N B

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Latest news

HUNGARIANS tend to buy travel insurance at last minute

On average Hungarians spent HUF 540 forints a day on travel insurance last year when traveling out of country, on par with data available for 2014, online daily reported today according to data compiled by online brokerage firm

HUNGARY's OTP in talks to buy AXA Bank's local mortgages

Central Europe's largest independent lender, Hungary's OTP Bank, is in talks to acquire the local retail mortgage portfolio of AXA Bank Europe SA, which has posted steep losses, financial sector sources told Reuters.

HUNGARY's HUF 17 bn loss on MKB "national economic interest", CEO says

When asked what the point of the government losing HUF 17 bn on buying into MKB Bank, the CEO of the bank cited interests of the national economy. The bank cut its operating costs heavily in 2015, and got to show what it was like when a state-owned bank extended loans. In recent days, MKB got rid of its non-performing project loan portfolio and was transferred to the Hungarian Consolidation Asset Manager Zrt, where it will remain until a buyer is found by the middle of next year. Portfolio interviewed CEO Adam Balog.

HUNGARY: CIG Pannonia books HUF 197 mln after-tax profi

Hungarian life insurance company CIG Pannonia booked an after-tax profit of HUF 197 million in the third quarter of this year, improving from a HUF 256 mln loss in the base period, an earnings report published today reveals, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

STATISTICS: HUNGARY insurance market grows 2.6% in 3Q

Hungarian insurers' GWP rose 2.6% y-o-y to HUF 647 billion (EUR 2 billion) in the first nine months of the year, according to the figures published by the National Bank. Life insurance GWP was down by 1.5% to HUF 333 billion, while revenue from premiums on general insurance policies increased by 7.3% to HUF 314 billion.

HUNGARY: MNB suspends KOBE mandatory car insurance sales

The National Bank of Hungary (MNB) on Friday said it had suspended the sale of mandatory car insurance policies by KOBE and placed restrictions on management of the insurerʼs assets. The MNB also instructed the insurer to prepare a financial plan, correcting deficiencies. The MNB said KOBEʼs insufficiently sound fee policy, risks related to its investment activities and the insurerʼs unfavorable reserves position justified the measure. The sales suspension does not apply to KOBEʼs other insurance contracts, the market watchdog said.

HUNGARY: Transparency, products comparability and tax benefits for pension insurance expected to boost life insurance

Hungarian life insurance saw difficult times throughout the years following to the 2008 crisis. Still, the 2011 nationalization of the private pensions' Pillar II segment seems to have resulted in a renewed interest shown by customers to the pensions insurance products. In addition, the TKM (Total Cost Indicator) introduction added a well appreciated degree of transparency and comparability to the life insurance products, easing the customer's choice.

HUNGARIAN Post Life Insurance caters to neglected customers

The life insurance market in Hungary has been uncertain since the economic crisis left many to struggle financially, but the Hungarian Post Life Insurance Company is setting its sights on attracting previously neglected customers

HUNGARY, ALLIANZ: insurers must innovate to compete

With a nearly 21-percent share of Hungary's non-life insurance market, Allianz Hungary has an important role to play in a country that has hit the headlines recently because of its geographic position as a frontier for waves of migrants seeking a better life in the EU. Hit hard by the financial crisis but improving, Hungary was recently characterised by the IMF as 'growing at a strong pace, helped by accommodative policies and improved market sentiment'.

HUNGARY, MNB: Insurers must validate contracts with former Astra policy holders

Insurers must recognize the mandatory vehicle liability insurance contracts as valid from October 1 for former policy holders of Romanian insurer Astra who terminated their contract by mutual agreement from September 30 even if Astra has not yet reported the termination of the contract in the Centralized Claim History Registration System (KKNYR), the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) said yesterday.

STATISTICS: HUNGARY 1H2015: motor insurance lines pushed up the non-life GWP figures

After two years of moderate growth, the results recorded by the Hungarian insurance market in 1H2015 seem to indicate a period of relative stagnation. Thus, GWP went up by about 2% in local currency, to HUF 443.6 billion, while denominated in European currency show a slightly over zero change, once again affected by the Hungarian forint depreciation (EUR 1.4 billion).

HUNGARY's MNB fines Uniqa Insurance HUF76m for violations

The National Bank of Hungary (MNB) fined insurance company Uniqa Biztosito HUF 76 million on a number of violations related to shortfalls in its registration, auditing and contract management systems, the central bank said today in a press release.

HUNGARY: EUR 15.5 million estimated losses from the July 8th storm

On July 8th, a strorm hit the Hungarian territory causing insured losses of about EUR 15.5 million, as estimated by MABISZ (the Association of Insurance Companies in Hungary) after taking into consideration some 35,000 insurance claims filed during the first week after the event.

HUNGARY: Mandatory car insurance premiums up 30%

Mandatory vehicle insurance premiums in Hungary have seen a 25-30% rise this year, chiefly due to an increase in payouts on claims, Hungarian economic daily Vilaggazdasag reported today.

STATISTICS: HUNGARIAN insurers' business up by 1.7% in Q1

Hungarian insurance market totaled HUF 241.36 billion (EUR 807 million) at the end of March 2015, 1.71% more y-o-y, according to the statistics published by the Central Bank. In European currency, due the appreciation of the Hungarian Forint - the calculated growth rate was 4.41%. The volume of paid claims by insurers decreased by 1.79% to HUF 125.85 billion (EUR 421 million), due the reduced values reported for life indemnities.

HUNGARY: Casco insurance sales stay steady at 21% in 2014

Despite both sales of new and used cars jumping by 10% and 20%, respectively, in Hungary last year, the number of vehicle owners opting for casco voluntary vehicle insurance remained at around 21%, the online insurer of General Group reported on Friday based on its own survey of the market.

STATISTICS: HUNGARY FY2014: Positive trend both in profitability and underwriting volume

Hungarian insurers saw at the end of 2014 a 4.02% growth in the consolidated market GWP, to HUF 833.8 billion, mostly driven by the positive evolution of the traditional life insurance lines. However, denominated in European currency, the market results show once again a negative trend, with a 1.9% decrease of the GWP volume, to EUR 2.65 billion, following the about 6% depreciation of the Hungarian Forint (HUF).