Google Maps Forgets How To Spell Budapest, Capital of Hungary

Dec 2, 2008 • 7:53 am | comments (16) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Do a search for 1055 Budapest, Szent Istvan krt. 1. in Google Maps. Note how I spelled Budapest correctly in my search, now look at what Google returns as the spelling in the ballon marker. You got that right, Google spelled it with an extra "e" at the end, "Budapeste."

Google Maps Budapest Spelling

Looking closer, it really doesn't seem like Google doesn't know how to spell the capital of Budapest. See the map above? I zoomed out and it shows the correct spelling of the capital under the white bubble, overlaid on the lower portion of the map. However, the street address, which is also spelled Budapest, is spelled with an extra "e."

Maps Guide Adam in Google Groups said the issue will be fixed shortly.

A similar issue was reported in the country of Serbia, the city of Sremska Mitrovica is spelt wrong, "Stremska Mitrovica." That too will be fixed shortly.

Forum discussion at Google Groups.

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Geoff Jackson (zigojacko)

12/02/2008 02:20 pm

I like the irony that the topic of this article spells Hungary incorrectly :p And I'm pretty sure Budapeste is how the locals spell it, just like many other foreign cities are spelt differently then how they are spelt in the English language. :)

Geoff Jackson (zigojacko)

12/02/2008 02:32 pm I think Google just needs to differentiate on the spellings between each of their Google maps origin. :) i.e: - We spell Budapest like so. So on the English Google maps, spell it like that. In Hungary, they spell it Budapeste, so spell like it that on the Hungary maps.

Rob Kingdom

12/02/2008 03:08 pm

munich - munchen. same principal i guess.

Geoff Jackson (zigojacko)

12/02/2008 03:55 pm

Heh, that was exactly the example I was going to use Rob, I only didn't because it was the only one I could think of off the top of my head...

zigojacko (Geoff Jackson)

12/02/2008 04:24 pm

Now the article title has been amended... Sorry, just saving myself from looking daft as per my original comment.


12/02/2008 04:27 pm

No, Hungarians spell it Budapest as well, without the e.


12/02/2008 04:33 pm

In fact we locals _don't_ spell it as Budapeste. That is Budapest. Both in Hungarian and in English. C'mon, the linked wikipedia page is from the portuguese wikipedia edition, that only prooves that Budapest in Portuguese has an extra "e" at the end, lol.

Geoff Jackson (zigojacko)

12/02/2008 05:15 pm

Yeah good point, lol. I searched for Budapeste on Google Hungary and it comes up with plenty of results, upon closer inspection they maybe all from Portugese domains.

Barry Schwartz

12/02/2008 05:30 pm

Interesting points guys. Really appreciate you adding to this discussion. FYI, yes, I did spell hungry as in food. :) Thanks for pointing that out. Fixed on iPhone while in meeting, so didnt comment when I fixed it.


12/03/2008 04:14 am

Did you mean the "Capital of Budapest" or the Capital of Hungary ??? Knothead ... it is TWO cities ... Buda and Pest ....... Didn't they teach Magyar when you went to school ???


12/03/2008 07:51 am

BTW watch this hilarious 3 minutes from a gameshow: "This might be a stupid question... But I thought Europe was a country" "I know they speak french there...don't they?" Even the gameshow host pronounces Hungary as... hmm in a wrong way.

Geoff Jackson (zigojacko)

12/03/2008 11:09 am

What is the capital of Budapest then JALOPKIN? I didn't know Budapest was two cities, but then I'm from England!


12/04/2008 09:07 am

Budapest is spelled in Hungarian the same way as in English, German and so on. I realized this mistake a couple of days ago as well but Google used to spell it correct "Budapest" some time ago. I don't know ehat happend there at the Googleplex. Budapest is one city with 2 parts, Buda and Pest which are devided by the river Danube. Cheers


12/05/2008 09:16 am

Wow. This is how you make a big thing out of nothing... We hungarians are already used to english people being a bit of idiots and quite ignorant, but this just beats it all. After being told that Budapest is spelled without an "e" some of you still go off in being so. When are you going to learn to just take things as they are and not try to change them.


12/06/2008 08:44 am

On behalf of Hungarians without a chip on their shoulder, please ignore Gergely. He didn't get his daily ration of pork lard and palinka and is rather indiscriminately pissed off about it. The rest of us realise that it was an honest mistake that has since been noted and corrected. Plus, we're drunk and full of pork lard, so all is good. Cheers.


04/10/2012 09:47 pm

Hello, I agree that Budapest is misspelled. Also I have looked and looked for an explanation regarding Buda and Pests locations. Which side was Thank you very much!

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