European Statistics Competition

The winners of the 2nd European Statistics Competition are the teams Ansofi from Belgium and Radiaator from Estonia

The final results of the 2nd European Statistics Competition: the winning teams are from Belgium and Estonia.

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Imaginative videos on ‘Europe reflected in statistics’ 

Over 12,000 students from 14 countries signed up to solve mathematical problems and to look for statistical data on websites. Among them were around 600 Slovene students. Teams were competing in two categories: 14-16 years and 16-18 years. Those who qualified for the second round had to carry out and interpret statistical analyses using official data. Best ranked teams advanced to the European competition as national champions (four from each country). The final assignment was to make a video on the topic 'Europe reflected in statistics'. By using appropriate statistics, contestants had to demonstrate how their country compares with its European counterparts, highlighting interesting characteristics in relation to the European average.

Slovene teams that competed in the final of the European Statistics Competition 2019 prepared the following videos:

Video GIN6256, Gimnazija Kranj
Video EMVANA, Gimnazija Novo mesto
Video LTL, Srednja zdravstvena in kemijska šola Novo mesto
Video AltF4, Gimnazija Murska Sobota

Winners of the age group 14-16 years
Team Ansofi (Belgium) takes first prize in the junior age group (14-16 years). Their creative video departs from a simple idea: what will the lives of young people look like in 10, 20, 30 years. Using official statistics, the students take us through their estimated futures with regard to the labour market and health care sector. The jury loved the team’s personal and extremely well-executed approach.
Team Viikki9 (Finland) finishes in second place, while the third place goes to team MAKAO (Poland). Both are examples of the wide range of videos submitted, in this case an animation and a student presentation respectively. The jury felt that both submissions showed a level of creativity, content and messaging that earned the teams a place in the top three. Places 4 and 5 from team CATALINA03 (Spain) and team Trilussa's Chicks (Italy) display similar levels of quality. 

Winners of the age group 16-18 years
In the senior age group (16-18 years), the first prize goes to team Radiaator (Estonia). Their video effectively compares Estonia to other European countries in an extremely well executed animated production. Taking into account the clever visuals and overall message, the jury simply had to rank it first.
The second and third places were an extremely close call. In the end, team igorove (Croatia) takes home second place, while team Outlier (Greece) finishes in third place. The jury was impressed by the way the teams transposed theoretical content into creative and engaging videos. The jury was also very positive about the remaining two contributions of team KUFLOWE (Poland) and team JuNi (Germany). 

The two winning teams will be invited to an award ceremony in Luxembourg, which will take place at Eurostat on 11 June 2019.

This year’s jury was composed of journalists, communication and data visualisation experts:
  • Aeidín Sheppard, Communications Manager, Central Statistics Office Ireland 
  • Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication of the University of Miami 
  • Eva Zeglovits, Director of the Institute for Empirical Social Studies (IFES) 
  • Laurent Monnard, Head of the Business Communication Section at the Swiss Federal Statistical Office 
  • Maarten Lambrechts, Visual data journalist and consultant 
  • Mariella de Crouy, Data journalist at the Luxemburger Wort 
  • Martin Maška, Office Manager at the European Youth Press 
  • Sylvia Mann, Attachée of the communications unit at Statistics Luxembourg (Statec) 
  • Thomas Molén, Visual data journalist for the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) 
  • Tim Allen, Head of Dissemination in Eurostat, chairman of the jury
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The winning teams of the national phase of the competition are GIN6256 and EMVANA

The national part of the European Statistics Competition 2019 has finished. In category A (the last two years of upper secondary schools) the winner is the team GIN6256 from Gimnazija Kranj and in category B (the first two years of upper secondary schools) the team EMVANA from Gimnazija Novo mesto. Research work from five best-ranked teams from each category are shown in the links below.

TOP 5 teams in category A

LTL, Srednja zdravstvena in kemijska šola Novo mesto 
Dolomiti, Gimnazija Želimlje
Prevaranti, Gimnazija Litija
moŽGANCI, Gimnazija Škofja Loka

TOP 5 teams in category B

AltF4, Gimnazija Murska Sobota
DRUGA2, II. Gimnazija Maribor
JNJ, Šolski center Postojna
ZMG, Gimnazija Kranj

We congratulate all competitors for their achievement and we wish the finalists a lot of success with their video for the European final. This year's topic is »Europe reflected in statistics«.


What is the European Statistics Competition (ESC)?

ESC is a competition organized by Eurostat and volunteering National Statistical Institutes addressed to secondary students. 
The main objectives of the ESC are to promote curiosity and interest in statistics among students, to encourage teachers to use new materials for teaching statistics by promoting the use of real data provided by official statistics and search for applications of acquired statistical knowledge. Moreover, it aims to show the role of statistics to students and teachers in various aspects of society, and to promote teamwork and collaboration among students to achieve common goals.

The European Statistics Competition is open to all secondary education students. Participation will take place in two categories:
Category A: students in the last two courses of secondary education (approx. 16-18 years old).
Category B: students in the first two courses of secondary education (approx. 14-16 years old).
Participation is free of charge.
Students will work in teams of a maximum of 3 people, all of them from the same school and category. All teams must have a teacher from their school acting as a tutor to accompany them and supervise their work.

The competition will be structured in two phases: national and European. The finalists of the national phase of each country are eligible to take part in the European phase. The language of the national phase will be the local language, while the European phase will be held in English.

Rules for the national phase (only in Slovene)
Rules for the European phase (only in Slovene)
Examples of assignments (only in Slovene)
FAQ (only in Slovene)

National phase:

Registration period: from 5 November 2018 to 14 January 2019.
Testing period for the first assignment: from 15 to 28 January 2019.
Publication and communication of the results of the first assignment: 30 January 2019.
Submission of the second assignment: from 31 January to 28 February 2019.
Announcement of winning teams: 28 March 2019.
European phase:
Registration period: from 1 to 15 April 2019.
European assignment period: from 1 April to 6 May 2019.
Announcement of winning teams: 5 June 2019.
Award ceremony: place and date will be announced later.

National phase:

The winning teams (students and tutors) of the national phase – one from Category A and one from Category B – will receive an electronic device (300 EUR).
Each participant in ESC will receive a T-shirt and a diploma.
European phase:
Each member of the two winning teams of the European phase (categories A and B) will receive a gift card (400 EUR), a set of publications and promotional material from Eurostat, a winner diploma.
Place and time of the award ceremony are still to be determined and will be announced later. Expenses of the trip to the award ceremony are included in the prize.

Registration forms are available at
National phase assignments will be accessible at the same place.

If you have any questions regarding the European Statistics Competition contact us at:

More about European Statistics Competition is available on English page ESC.
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