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North Hungary


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The North Hungary region consists of three counties; Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Heves and Nógrád. These three counties make out 14,4 percent of the entire Hungarian territory and inhabits 12,6 percent of its population which adds up to 1,3 million people.

Area of education and culture
The capital of the region, Miskolc, has 170 000 inhabitants and is located in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén. The biggest university of Northern Hungary is situated in Miskolc with more than 15 000 students.
The region has plenty of natural assets, biomass and power plants. Culturally the region is very diverse with four (out of Hungary’s eight) world heritage sites, wine regions, vineyards, castles and fortresses as well as numerous thermal and curative traditional baths.
Previously the regional capital Miskolc along with Ózd and Salgótarján were important industrial centres but with the collapse of the Russian market many firms were bankrupt and had to close down leading to today’s fairly high rate of unemployment in the region. The GDP in the region adds up to € 9 484 per capita.
The primary source of income for the people living in the region is the private sector.

Life expectancy
The elderly care is divided among three different institutions, the local government and the private sector which provide catering, home care service and the church which mostly provide boarding services. A general problem for all of these institutions is financial resources which has a negative effect of the quality of the benefit.
The life expectancy differs significantly depending on if a person lives in a rural area or in close proximity of the capital. A person living in rural areas often lives in a family house where the attention of the family is higher but the level of health care and job opportunities are lower. In the city, people live in apartments and clubs for the elderly are available as well as health care of higher quality. A person living in a rural depopulated area has a shortened life expectancy of 5 years.
1/3 of the population over 70 lives on their own.