Deaf in Hungary





Largest Religion

Main Language


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Introduction / History

The combination of decades of Communism plus emphasis for almost a century on oralism has prevented many Deaf from understanding the Gospel. The Deaf Community is still living with the belief that it is better to speak than to sign. Because of this there is a heavy emphasis on Hungarian lip reading. This is further complicated by the fact that Hungary has 7 main Deaf Schools, each with its own sign language dialect.

Hungarian Sign Language is not an officially recognized language, nor is it used in public or business functions. This limits the educational and vocational opportunities available to many Hungarian Deaf. There are, however, quite a few Deaf Associations and Clubs within Hungary. This is where the Deaf go for socialization and friendships. Because of the outright rejection that many Deaf have experienced from the hearing community it is hard for most Deaf to trust hearing people. This results in many barriers to reaching this community. Missionaries who have gone to Hungary have been welcomed when they used Hungarian Sign Language. Most of the Deaf in Hungary are not opposed to Christianity they just haven't had the opportunity to understand it in their own language. Once they understand it they are eager to share it with their friends and family.

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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Hungary 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 216
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Deaf
People Cluster Deaf
People Name General Deaf
Ethnic Code
People ID 19007
Country Hungary
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hungarian Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hungarian Sign Language
For Primary Language: Hungarian Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Door International Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.90 %)
88.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
11.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
1.0 %
1.0 %
Other Christian
3.0 %
27.0 %
Roman Catholic
68.0 %
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