17 February 2020 - 23 Shevat 5780 - כ"ג שבט ה' אלפים תש"פ
Hungary is home to highest concentration of Jewish genetics E-mail

A recent study conducted by the MyHeritage firm and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research revealed last month that Ashkenazi Jewish genes are more common in Hungary than any other place in the world aside from Israel.

Research indicated slightly more than 7.5% of 4,981 people tested had more than 25% Jewish Ashkenazi genes. Hungary has about 100,000 people who are considered Jewish by the largest organisation representing Hungarian Jewry. That number accounts for about 1% of Hungary’s population.

Gilad Japhet, the CEO and founder of MyHeritage, said in a statement that comparative testing in other countries suggests that Hungary has the highest prevalence of Ashkenazi Jewish genes in the world, second only to the State of Israel. Based on UN estimates, Hungary’s population is 9.7 million.

The study also found that 12.5% of the people tested in Hungary had 10% or more Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity, compared to only 4.7% of people in the US and 4.0% in Canada.

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