The Khanty and the Mansi, the Closest Linguistic Relatives of the Hungarians

According to the subdivisions within the Uralic language family (also known as Finno-Ugric, if the Samoyedic languages are excluded) Hungarian is indeed related to the relatively widely-spoken Finnish and Estonian languages, even though the Hungarian language belongs to a different branch of the Uralic ‘tree’ than the aforementioned two. Rather than being part of the linguistic continuum of its Northern European kin on the Baltic shores, Hungarian shares stronger linguistic connections with the distant Khanty and Mansi, living as far from Hungary as Western Siberia.