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Present rooted in the past

In Hungary there was an attempt at establishing a statistical service of nation-wide authority as far back as 1848. The National Statistical Office was established for the firt time within the Ministry of the Interior and Elek Fényes, one of the most outstanding statisticans of that period was entrusted with the direction of the office. However, a year later it ceased to exist due to the failure of the struggle for independence from Austria in 1849. It was not until 1867 - following the compromise with the Austrian Monarchy and establishing the agencies of an independent Hungarian administration - that the reorganization of the statistical service was started.

The government invited Károly Keleti, one of the most prominent economists of that age to lay down the conditions of founding a statistical office taking into account the international practice as well. Under his leadership the Statistical Department was set up within the frame of the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Industry and on 25th May, 1867 Károly Keleti was appointed by the king to head that office. This event is regarded as the birth of official statistical service.
Former presidents of the HCSO and their term of office:
Károly Keleti 1867 - 1892   György Péter 1948 - 1969
József Jekelfalussy 1892 - 1901   István Huszár 1969 - 1973
Gyula Vargha 1901 - 1914   József Bálint 1973 - 1979
László Hajdú 1914   Vera Nyitrai 1979 - 1989
László Buday 1914 - 1920   János Hoós 1989 - 1990
Alajos Szabóky 1920 - 1924   György Vukovich 1990 - 1995
Alajos Kovács 1924 - 1936   Tamás Katona 1995 - 1998
Gyula Konkoly-Thege 1936 - 1939   Tamás Mellár 1998 - 2003
Sándor Dobrovits 1939 - 1945   Péter Pukli 2003 - 2009
Dezső Zentay 1945   Pál Belyó 2009 - 2010
Dezső Elekes 1946 - 1948   Gabriella Vukovich 2010 -