Administrative divisions of Hungary

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Administratively, Hungary is divided into 19 counties (megye, plural megyék). In addition, the capital (főváros), Budapest, is independent of any county government. The counties and the capital are the 20 NUTS third-level units of Hungary.

Counties of Hungary counties of Hungary since 1950

Hungary is subdivided administratively into 19 counties and the capital city (főváros) Budapest. The counties are further subdivided into 174 districts. The capital Budapest is subdivided into 23 districts.

Budapest Capital city in Hungary

Budapest is the capital and the most populous city of Hungary, and the tenth-largest city in the European Union by population within city limits. The city had an estimated population of 1,752,704 in 2016 distributed over a land area of about 525 square kilometres. Budapest is both a city and county, and forms the centre of the Budapest metropolitan area, which has an area of 7,626 square kilometres and a population of 3,303,786, comprising 33 percent of the population of Hungary.

Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics or NUTS is a geocode standard for referencing the subdivisions of countries for statistical purposes. The standard, adopted in 2003, is developed and regulated by the European Union, and thus only covers the member states of the EU in detail. The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics is instrumental in the European Union's Structural Funds and Cohesion Fund delivery mechanisms and for locating the area where goods and services subject to European public procurement legislation are to be delivered.



Hungarian singularHungarian pluralEnglishQuantityNoteMain article
régiórégiókregion7NUTS 2 Regions of Hungary
megyemegyékcounty19NUTS 3 Counties of Hungary
fővárosfővárosokcapital1NUTS 3 Budapest
járásjárásokdistrict197 (174 in the counties and 23 in Budapest)LAU 1 Districts of Hungary
városvárosoktown322LAU 2 List of cities and towns of Hungary
megyei jogú városmegyei jogú városoktown with county rights23 (county seats without Budapest + 5 additional towns)LAU 2 Town with county rights
nagyközségnagyközségeklarge municipality126LAU 2 Municipalities of Hungary
községközségekmunicipality2683LAU 2 Municipalities of Hungary


Since 1996, the counties and City of Budapest have been grouped into 7 regions for statistical and development purposes. These seven regions constitute NUTS' second-level units of Hungary.

Counties and the capital

There are also 23 towns with county rights (singular megyei jogú város), sometimes known as "urban counties" in English (although there is no such term in Hungarian). The local authorities of these towns have extended powers, but these towns belong to the territory of the respective county instead of being independent territorial units.


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The 198 districts of Hungary (2013)

The counties are further subdivided into 174 districts (járások) as of January 1, 2015, which serve as divisions of state administration. 23 districts of the capital city of Budapest are both administrative and self-government units.

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