Year Founded: 1949
A land-locked Eastern European state, Hungary was once a superpower in Europe. The state ascended to the peak of its power when it was still a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with Austria in the 19th Century. The Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved after losing WWI. It then chose the wrong side by joining the Axis with Germany during WWII and paid a heavy price with a staggering number of casualties. It again chose the wrong side during the Cold War and became a Soviet satellite state. It wasn’t until 1989 that Hungary became a parliamentary democracy. In recent years, Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has been leaning toward China and distancing Hungary from the EU. The administration has opposed decisions made by the European Parliament multiple times, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs clearly expressed his opposition to Taiwan’s official inclusion in the WHO. With that said, Karacsony Gergely, the mayor of its capital city, Budapest, is very supportive of Taiwan.