The mayor of Geresdlak, a multilingual settlement in Hungary, has received a prestigious Finnish state award

The president of Finland has awarded a prestigious insignia of the Order of the Lion of Finland to dr. Tibor Habjánecz, mayor of Geresdlak, a German speaking settlement in Southern Hungary with a high number of Finnish inhabitants. Mr. Habjánecz has contributed extensively to the furthering and strengthening of the Finnish-Hungarian relations. Borbála Pachné Heltai, colleague of our research centre, wrote her doctoral dissertation on the linguistic diversity of the settlement. The insignia was handed over by Petri Tuomi-Nikula, ambassador of Finland in Hungary, on 17th May 2018 at the Embassy of Finland in Budapest. Our warmest congratulations!