According to preliminary data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH), there were 1.6% fewer live births in 2017 than in 2016, while the number of deaths rose by 3.7% as a result of a significant death surplus early in the year related to a peaking flu epidemic. As a result, the natural decrease in 2017 was 40,100 persons, 6,110 more than a year earlier.
The Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) recognized some of the biggest investors in Hungary at an annual awards ceremony late Wednesday. HIPA presented Investors of the Year 2017 awards in eight categories, state news wire MTI reported.
This yearʼs Budapest Business Journal Expat CEO of the Year award went to Marc de Bastos Eckstein of Thyssenkrupp Components Hungary Kft., while Frank Müller, head of VW Groupʼs Eastern Europe regional office, won the HIPA Local Partnership Award at the annual gala held at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest on Friday, February 9.
Amnesty International (AI) released its International Report 2017/18 about the state of the worldʼs human rights yesterday. Hungary is mentioned as a negative example in several areas, including its controversial law on NGOs, asylum and migration policy, and amendments to higher education legislation.
Hungary has dropped nine spots to 66th place on Transparency Internationalʼs 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index ranking, according to the latest survey by TI released on Wednesday. Hungaryʼs score on the index - on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 the most corrupt - is 45, down from 48 a year earlier.