Welcome to the homepage of the National Atlas of Hungary project!
The aim of the project is to publish a new national atlas. This idea, just like in 1983, was initiated by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The project has been coordinated by the Geographical Institute of the Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, in cooperation with its strategic partner, the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics of Eötvös Loránd University.
A national atlas, like the flag, coat of arms or the national anthem, has always been an important symbol for any country in the world. National atlases have been initiated by governments and scientists (often by national academies) and they have been published as the result of a broad national collaboration. This happened in Hungary in 1964–1967 and in 1983–1989, when the first two editions of the National Atlas of Hungary were published. On these grounds, we strongly believe that the result of the present initiative, supported by the government and with the contribution of scientists, will be a new edition of the National Atlas of Hungary. We intend to publish this atlas not only in a conventional (printed) form, but also in electronic version (on DVD and on the web) to meet the demands of the time. On this homepage, the readers will find information on maps in preparation and under development as well as view-only and interactive (later analytical) maps. In this way, the users (such as decision-makers at government level, partners at various levels in the education system, other professionals) can receive information both about Hungary and about the natural, social and economic conditions in the Carpathian Basin based on the topic and available data.
The plan is that the printed version of the National Atlas of Hungary will be published in four volumes, with one volume published each year from 2018. The planned titles and topics of the volumes are as follows: Natural environment; Society; The state of Hungary and its place in the world; Economy.
Until the publication of the volumes and maps of the new National Atlas of Hungary, this homepage will provide information on the history and different types of national atlases. Readers can learn about the content of atlases that are regarded as forerunners of the National Atlas of Hungary. Information about the content and structure of the present project is also given.
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Member of the Academy, Director of the Institute
Chairman of the Editorial Board of the National Atlas of Hungary