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Magyars are the majority inhabitants of Hungary, while other groups of inhabitants lived or still live in Hungary as well. In English they are usually called Hungarians, except in some historical texts. Since 1918-1920 June 4 some Magyars became the minority inhabitants of Romania (2million), Czechoslovakia (600.000) now Czech Republic and Slovakia, Yugoslavia (400.000) now Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, Ukraine (170.000).

The Magyar Leader Arpad[?] is considered to have founded Hungary in 896, and its stability was blessed by the Pope by crowning Stephen I (Szent István) in 1001 when the leaders accepted christianity. The Magyars had recently arrived in Europe from Asia, partially from Khazaria, and were threatening and trying to subdue other Europeans.

Hungary received its name from the Magyars bulgarian name: Ungur (slaw: Vengry german: Ungarn), meaning "ten tribes" Another opinion is that they got their name from the similar semi-nomadic tribe: the Hun's, who lived centuries earlier in the same territory. Calling today's inhabitants Magyars or Hungarians is considered equally correct. Hungarians call themselves only "Magyar", never "Hun" or "Hungarian".



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