UNESCO Cities of Design

Budapest, capital of Hungary, with 1.7 million inhabitants, thrives from its creative industries, with an employment rate that has been annually increasing by 18% since 2007.

The city is considered an incubator for start-ups in the field of design, making it the fastest growing sector of the local creative economy, with a threefold increase of its gross added value in the last decade.

While the city holds many major events dedicated to design, such as the Design Week Budapest and the Ajándék Terminál fair, the city mainly functions as a laboratory for innovation, using design as a lever for fostering awareness towards urbanity and improving the quality of public spaces.

The Municipality works in close collaboration with civil society to better foster a good quality of urban life. Among other multi-stakeholder initiatives, the “Your place, your success!” campaign, the “I’ll be right back” project and the Culburbproject demonstrate the particular dynamism of the city in terms of reshaping neighbourhoods and suburbs in difficulties, through cultural facilities and creative industries.