My journey

I have worked my way from a small Hungarian village to studying law in Oxford, later becoming leader of the opposition and head of government. While I believe that holding high positions is not a merit in itself, curiosity and readiness to learn from others is a must to achieve success in any field.

Learning years

With four-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Learning years

With the 42nd President of the United States of America.

Learning years

Hungarians remain thankful and will always remember George H. W. Bush.

Learning years

A conservative role model, Wilfried Martens.

Learning years

We support Helmut Kohl’s vision of Europe. He always paid attention to the interests of smaller countries.

Learning years

With one of the founding fathers of modern France, President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.

Learning years

José María Aznar has been a friend and supported me in the hardest times.

Learning years

With a great French President with Hungarian roots.

Learning years

With four-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Learning years

With the 42nd President of the United States of America.

Acting years

Hungary takes great pride in its Christian heritage, and I am certain that Europe will only be successful if it too embraces its Christian culture and identity and the Christian democratic values laid down by the founding fathers of the European Union.

Acting years

One thousand years of Hungarian history and statehood have made Hungary a great and unique nation. Prominent Hungarian statesmen have always acknowledged our history and strived to maintain our independence and influence, even against our most powerful enemies. We are and always will be a nation of freedom fighters. We are proud of the achievements of our forefathers, of our identity and of the survival of our nation despite centuries of hardship under foreign rule.

Acting years

Unfortunately, the 20th century and even recent decades have been no different. Hungary has come a long way since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the communist dictatorship in 1989. During the past three decades, I have served the Hungarian nation as a Member of Parliament and have witnessed the ups and downs of Hungary’s path to freedom, democracy and prosperity.

Acting years

As a young activist protesting the presence of Soviet troops in Hungary and demanding free elections, and later as prime minister, I have experienced the disappointments of democratic transition and the popular euphoria when Hungary regained its freedom and national independence and when our country joined NATO and the European Union. Out of the many freedom fighters in Central Europe who fought to end communist oppression, I am among the few who have had the privilege of shaping the future of my country in the three decades that followed. And I am fortunate that many of those few are fellow Fidesz-founders without whom Hungary would not be where it is today.

Acting years

As leader of the opposition between 1994 and 1998, and as prime minister between 1998 and 2002, I met and learned from the wisdom and experience of many conservative leaders of that time. I am personally grateful to the friendship and advice of notable heads of government such as Helmut Kohl, Jacques Chirac, José María Aznar, Wolfgang Schüssel and Wilfried Martens.

Acting years

The transition from communism to democracy has been more challenging than we would have ever imagined, and the support these leaders showed for Hungary always gave me strength, especially during the eight years when the former Communist Party returned to power with the help of the liberals. Their dominance of state institutions inherited from communist times and the transfer of their political power to economic, media and cultural spheres after the change of regime set unforeseen roadblocks to a quick and irreversible political transformation to a free, independent and prosperous Hungary.

Acting years

The coalition governments of the socialists and liberals were a sobering experience. They even appointed a former secret agent of the communist regime as prime minister, who was then later replaced by the head of the communist party’s youth organization. They turned Hungarians living in Hungary against our fellow Hungarians living in former territories of Hungary. They lied, according to their own admission, for two years to win reelection. They even turned the 50th anniversary of the 1956 revolution into a bloodbath.

Acting years

These governments also sold and wasted strategic national assets while failing to boost the Hungarian economy despite having access to EU funds. They allowed the far-right and anti-Roma tensions to surge to a level never seen before in Hungary. Meanwhile, the silence and apathy in Brussels was a disappointing reminder that we could not take freedom and democracy for granted. It is up to us to defend freedom in Hungary.

Acting years

We, Hungarian conservatives, also learned that we must unite and prepare ourselves for the challenging task of rebuilding Hungary once again, ridding the country of post-communist institutions and cleaning up the debris left behind by the socialists and liberals. The utter contempt and disgust of the Hungarian electorate with this leftist leadership eventually came to a head. Their overwhelming support for Fidesz gave our ruling alliance a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly (a popular mandate that was repeated in 2014 and 2018), offering Hungary a rare, second chance. It allowed us to overcome parliamentary deadlocks which hindered democratic transformation and pursue real, structural reforms.

Acting years

It was also clear that there would be no excuse if we failed to achieve considerable transformation and set Hungary on the road to prosperity.

In 2010, I was determined to overcome the severe political, economic and social crises facing our nation. And I knew this would not be possible without helping families, small and medium enterprises, and rural Hungary. Nor would it be possible without creating jobs and ending dependence of many Hungarians on state aid, foreign loans and a favorable international environment.

Acting years

In addition to immediate crisis management, I was keen to establish foundations for long-term goals that are vital for a thriving and independent Hungary: tackling the demographic crisis; strengthening Hungarian autonomy in strategic sectors; building and re-building national and international infrastructure; decreasing state debt; side-lining political extremism on both the left and the right;, strengthening cooperation between the state and religious organizations; and strengthening international cooperation with a special focus on the Visegrád Group. None of these can be secondary to day-to-day governance. In fact, they are critical to building a Hungary that is proud of its culture and achievements, prosperous, free and respected by international partners.

Acting years

Hungary takes great pride in its Christian heritage, and I am certain that Europe will only be successful if it too embraces its Christian culture and identity and the Christian democratic values laid down by the founding fathers of the European Union.

Acting years

One thousand years of Hungarian history and statehood have made Hungary a great and unique nation. Prominent Hungarian statesmen have always acknowledged our history and strived to maintain our independence and influence, even against our most powerful enemies. We are and always will be a nation of freedom fighters. We are proud of the achievements of our forefathers, of our identity and of the survival of our nation despite centuries of hardship under foreign rule.

Values and virtues

Different experiences make every individual unique. Common values create communities.

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The countryman

Coming from a village of 1600, life in small towns and settlements has always been very dear to Orbán Viktor. He believes that rural lifestyle is something worth preserving. His government has launched the Hungarian Village Program to help revitalize shrinking rural communities with development projects and families with special benefits if they choose to settle down in these areas.

The intellectual

He believes that holding high offices is not a merit in itself, curiosity and readiness to learn from others is necessary to achieve success in any field. Even as prime minister, he makes time at least once a week to meet Hungarian and international authors, leading intellectuals or artists to discuss their thoughts and ideas.

The family man

As a father of five and already a grandfather of five, he believes in the large family model. As a politician, Orbán Viktor is grateful for the patience, support and sacrifice of his family, especially his wife. Pro-family politics has been the cornerstone of all his governments.

The sportsman

Orbán Viktor played football as a professional player for many years. He is an utmost supporter of Hungary organizing international sporting events and Budapest may hopefully hold its first Olympic games in the near future. He is the founder of Puskás Academy that was inaugurated on the 80th birthday of the legendary player, Ferenc Puskás in 2007, in the presence of the UEFA officials and football celebrities.

The man of faith

Orbán Viktor is a Calvinist. He believes that although our relationship with God is a private issue, Christianity itself embraces fundamental moral norms, that serve as a basis for society. Christian values made Hungary and Europe what it is today: free, fair and united.

Awards

During his political career Orbán Viktor recieved multiple awards and acknowledgements, recognizing his work of defending Christianity, freedom, human rights and democracy.

First honoree in the 21st century of the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s Franz Josef Strauss Prize which is an award for outstanding achievements in politics, business, art and culture.
Honorary doctorate for Orbán Viktors’s commitment to freedom and democracy in 2013. Josai University, Japan.
Orbán Viktor was greeted at the Elysée Palace by French President Jacques Chirac in 2001, who presented the highest French state award to foreign government leaders, the Grand Cross of France's National Order of Merit.
Pope John Paul II awarded Orbán Viktor the Grand Cross of the Order of St Gregory the Great in 2004.
First honoree in the 21st century of the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s Franz Josef Strauss Prize which is an award for outstanding achievements in politics, business, art and culture.
Honorary doctorate for Orbán Viktors’s commitment to freedom and democracy in 2013. Josai University, Japan.
Orbán Viktor was greeted at the Elysée Palace by French President Jacques Chirac in 2001, who presented the highest French state award to foreign government leaders, the Grand Cross of France's National Order of Merit.
Pope John Paul II awarded Orbán Viktor the Grand Cross of the Order of St Gregory the Great in 2004.

Fun facts

He can understand football-related news in all languages, even recognize Chinese and Japanese signs related to football.

Orbán Viktor has no problem getting his hands dirty. He likes to prepare all kinds of food.

At the age of 20, Orbán Viktor had a small role in a movie playing a football player.

He wrote his university thesis on the Polish Solidarity movement, the title was "Social self-organization and movement in the political system" (1987).

Orbán Viktor is a master of pig slaughter, which is an old Hungarian tradition in villages during the winter season.

He keeps some ties that Silvio Berlusconi gave him.

He was the first laureate of the Saint Stephen Award (2002).

Honorary Doctor of the University of Jossai, Tokyo (2013).

Orbán Viktor played hockey in high school, his first two teeth were knocked out in one of the matches.

As a college student, he made money by packing chicken. His boss, the brigade leader, was János Áder, now President of Hungary.

Honorary citizen of Esztergom for his role in the reconstruction of the Mária Valéria bridge (2006).

In music, he likes rock from the 1960s and 1970s, including Led Zeppelin. His favorite song is Hotel California from the Eagles.

At the age of six, he lit a cigarette in Alcsútdoboz. He felt so bad he didn't smoke since.

His favorite dish is the traditional Hungarian stuffed cabbage.

Honorary Doctor of Marmara University, Istanbul (2013).

His favorite drink is the traditional Hungarian Pálinka.

His favorite movie is Once Upon a Time in the West by Sergio Leone. He's seen the work at least 15 times.

He likes German cars, he also owned a Trabant, an Opel and a Volkswagen.

Orbán Viktor was a soldier in Zalaegerszeg, where he was often imprisoned for violations, including escaping in order to watch football games.

Honorary Doctor of Tufts University near Boston (2002).

Orbán Viktor is one of the oldest goal scorers in Hungarian football: in March 2005, at the age of 41, he scored a goal in the second division championship. Felcsút won 6-2 against Budafok.

The Prime Minister does not sleep much more than 4 hours a day.

Orbán Viktor learned to cook at the age of 13.

He is an Ulti player - Hungary's national trick-taking card game.

He loves writer P. Howard, often quotes from his novels.

He can understand football-related news in all languages, even recognize Chinese and Japanese signs related to football.

Orbán Viktor has no problem getting his hands dirty. He likes to prepare all kinds of food.

World of football

Football has always meant comfort and satisfaction for the Hungarian people.

With the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino.
Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Gyula Grosics was part of the Hungarian Golden Team of the 1950s.
A game of cards with football legend Ferenc Puskás
At the FIFA Football Awards with a legend, Diego Maradona.
Zlatan Ibrahimović recieving the FIFA Puskás-award in 2013 for the most beautiful goal.
The greatest player of all time, Ferenc Puskás.
With the FIFA Player of the Century, Pelé.
With the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino.
Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Gyula Grosics was part of the Hungarian Golden Team of the 1950s.
A game of cards with football legend Ferenc Puskás
At the FIFA Football Awards with a legend, Diego Maradona.
Our Country, Our home

Our Country, Our home

In the last one hundred years Hungary has suffered two totalitarian dictatorships. My generation has faced a multitude of crises brought upon us by the left, with the right having to rebuild from ruins. In addition, Hungary had to face historic floods and a toxic industrial disaster, and recently a global pandemic. During the latter, Hungarians always united. When dealing with economic distress, I always put the interest of Hungarian families before the interest of economic lobbies. These trying circumstances and solving them have in some way become the trademark of my governments.

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