Petra Reszketo, Anna Orosz

Organisation and country:

Budapest Institute for Policy Analysis, Hungary


In Hungary, policy debates as well as the media frequently discuss government expenditures. Factual, politically unbiased and easy-to-understand information about actual numbers and proportions of public expenditures is, however, in short supply. We suspect that the majority of the voters and taxpayers, know very little or almost nothing about the questions:

  • How much is spent on our behalf and what is it spent on?
  • How have government expenditures changed in time?
  • What does our budget look like compared to other countries?

Both electioneering and run-of-the-mill political communication is, to a large extent, about how much should be spent on schools and pensions, trains and healthcare. For the average citizen these statements are hard to interpret without points of reference, not to mention the difficulty retrieving the necessary data from public bodies.

Our aim was to present the budget spending of the Hungarian State in a simple and catchy way so as to make it comprehensible to interested layperson.

We visualized budget data broken down into specific expenditure categories to provide information what exactly is our tax money spent on. With the graphical and interactive presentation of the budgetary expenses we would like to inform mostly young people generally interested in these questions. Furthermore, with this initiative we hope to contribute to the strengthening of national tax consciousness and of civic responsibility in general, which is of burning importance in the Central-Eastern European region.


Final vote count: 260