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Total country population 9,800,000
Core Jewish population 46,800
Jews per total 1,000 in population 4.78
Population with a Jewish parent 75,000
Enlarged Jewish population 100,000
Law of Return Jewish population 130,000



  • The total population of Hungary on 1 January 2016 stood at 9,830,500. Its population declined by 25,100 in 2015. 
  • As of 1 January 2016, the core Jewish population of Hungary was estimated to be 47,600 (0.49% of the wider population), and the enlarged Jewish population was estimated at 100,000 (1.01% of the wider population). 
  • The core Jewish population was estimated to be 57,000 in 1990. Population numbers have therefore declined by 16% between 1990 and 2015, in a period in which the wider population declined by 6%.  
  • Between 1990 and 2015, 3,470 Hungarians have emigrated to Israel.  
  • An estimated 130,000 Hungarian citizens qualify for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return. 
  • The overwhelming majority of Hungarian Jews live in Budapest.  

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