Szekesfehervar is the 9th largest city in Hungary and one of the most historic of this central European country. As tricky the city’s pronunciation may be for non-Hungarian speakers, the name itself means ‘seat of the white castle’ and comes from its key role in the country’s history. The coronation of the first kings of Hungary took place here, giving rise to the nickname “The Hungarian Crowning City”, and a number of them were also buried in Szekesfehervar. Expats living in Szekesfehervar will find it is steeped in history. Human habitation dates back to the 5th century BC and Roman, Mongol and Ottoman empires have all had a presence in the area and a period of prosperity in the 12th Century saw it become a station on the pilgrim road to the Holy Land. The city got its Hungarian name in 972 and locals nowadays often refer to it by the shorter – and easier to say - version of Fehervar.
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Situated in central Hungary, Szekesfehervar can be found some 41 miles southwest of the capital, Budapest. The population today is around 102,000. Any expatriate moving to Szekesfehervar will find the city benefits from good infrastructure and excellent links by road and rail to Budapest as well as to other Hungarian cities and cross-border destinations, for landlocked Hungary shares borders with five European countries. Expats living in Szekesfehervar will also be able to enjoy the city’s proximity to several freshwater lakes, including the famous Lake Balaton which throngs with holidaymakers, day-trippers and tourists through the long and hot summer months. Expatriates moving to Szekesfehervar will also find the city has all the amenities you would expect to find in a contemporary European city in the heart of Europe. For more information on the city or life in Hungary in general, simply join InterNations and use the platform to start chatting to fellow expats in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, or across the world.
Szekesfehervar's expatriate community includes many employees from the multinational companies who have settled in the city. From its earlier role as an agricultural center, Szekesfehervar became more industrialized and prospered in the 20th Century and was home to many factories before and after the Second World War. In recent decades, Szekesfehervar and the rest of the country have seen a shift from a focus on lower-value textile and food industry to investment in luxury vehicle production, renewable energy systems, tourism, and information technology. The private sector now accounts for over 80% of the Hungarian gross domestic product. A great way to pick up more tips about living and working in Szekesfehervar is to join the InterNations online expat community and use the platform to get in touch with other expatriates in the area.