Hodo± became an independent municipality in 1998. Although by population it is one of the smallest municipalities in Slovenia, it can already boast of numerous successes. They have constructed a road network, sewage system, sewage treatment center, cultural center, and wake house, and the school and kindergarten have been renovated. This region is very interesting ethnologically, with farms protected as cultural heritage and characteristic Pannonian wells. The population is primarily made up of members of the Hungarian national minority, although according to the most recent census their numbers have fallen substantially. The settlement of Hodo± was first mentioned as far back as 1331, and unofficial sources mention it much earlier. The name comes perhaps from the surname Hodo±i, or was taken from the beavers (“hódok” in Hungarian) which lived in the swampy part of the Gyöngyös valley. In 1908 the settlement was renamed Õrihodos, and in 1920 it was changed back to Hodos. During the Second World War it again received the name Õrihodos, and today is called Hodo±-Hodos. In its time, Hodo± was an important administrative center. In 1999 construction was begun on the Puconci–Hodo±–state border railway line with the cooperative building of a station building for the border services of both countries at Hodo±. The foundation stone was laid by the prime ministers of both countries, Mr. Drnov±ek and Mr. Orban, and two years later both men officially opened the new line, which connects the capitals of both countries. With the accession of both countries to the European Union, in the future a local border crossing, international border crossing and international rail crossing will be established, while the potentials for commercial development on both sides of the present border will be increased. Unlike the human population, the border is not recognized by the local wild animals, which come in droves from the neighboring countries and cause the local farmers a great deal of headaches and property damage. Therefore it is anticipated that this problem will also be tackled by officials in both countries.