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As the cheerful noise of children's voices slowly fills the Jatekvar Bolcsode nursery in Budapest's city centre, Istvan Zsupan, a 35-year-old entrepreneur, drops off Anna, the youngest of his three children.

Zsupan's family is one of many who benefit from an array of government support introduced under conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban to incentivise couples to have children.

"We have used everything offered by the government, apart from the car-purchase program," Zsupan told AFP while he helped Anna, 2 1/2, get changed near a room filled with colourful toys.

"It's a huge help," he said, adding the family had received government assistance of at least 70,000 euros ($75,000).

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