Baltic Way (mathematical contest)

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The Baltic Way mathematical contest has been organized annually since 1990, usually in early November, to commemorate the Baltic Way demonstration of 1989. Unlike most international mathematical competitions, Baltic Way is a true team contest. Each team consists of five secondary-school students, who are allowed and expected to collaborate on the twenty problems during the four and a half hours of the contest.[1]

Originally, the three Baltic states participated, but the list of invitees has since grown to include all countries around the Baltic Sea; Germany sends a team representing only its northernmost parts, and Russia a team from St. Petersburg. Iceland is invited on grounds of being the first state to recognize the newfound independence of the Baltic states. Extra "guest" teams are occasionally invited at the discretion of the organizers: Israel was invited in 2001, Belarus in 2004 and 2014, Belgium in 2005, South Africa in 2011, the Netherlands in 2015 and Ireland in 2021. Responsibility for organizing the contest circulates among the regular participants.[2]


Year Location Teams Winning team Second place Third place
1990 Riga, Latvia 3 Latvia ? ?
1991 Tartu, Estonia 6[3] Latvia ? ?
1992 Vilnius, Lithuania 8 Denmark St. Petersburg Poland
1993 Riga, Latvia 8 Poland Latvia Estonia
1994 Tartu, Estonia 9 St. Petersburg Latvia Poland
1995 Västerås, Sweden 9 Poland Latvia Sweden
1996 Valkeakoski, Finland 10 Poland Latvia Sweden
1997 Copenhagen, Denmark 11 Poland Germany Estonia & Sweden[4]
1998 Warsaw, Poland 11 Latvia Estonia Poland
1999 Reykjavík, Iceland 10 Estonia Sweden Norway
2000 Oslo, Norway 10 Poland Latvia Estonia
2001 Hamburg, Germany 11 Israel Estonia Latvia[5]
2002 Tartu, Estonia 11 St. Petersburg Norway Lithuania
2003 Riga, Latvia 11 St. Petersburg Poland Estonia
2004 Vilnius, Lithuania 12 St. Petersburg Poland Belarus
2005 Stockholm, Sweden 12 Poland Finland St. Petersburg
2006 Turku, Finland 11 St. Petersburg Poland Lithuania
2007 Copenhagen, Denmark 11 Poland St. Petersburg Germany[6]
2008 Gdańsk, Poland 11 Poland Germany St. Petersburg
2009 Trondheim, Norway 11 St. Petersburg Poland Finland
2010 Reykjavík, Iceland 10 Poland Lithuania Germany
2011 Greifswald, Germany 11 Poland Latvia Germany
2012 Tartu, Estonia 11 St. Petersburg Poland Lithuania
2013 Riga, Latvia 11 Latvia St. Petersburg Poland
2014 Vilnius, Lithuania 12 St. Petersburg Germany Poland
2015 Stockholm, Sweden 12 St. Petersburg Poland Estonia
2016 Oulu, Finland 11 Poland & St. Petersburg - Sweden
2017 Sorø, Denmark 11 St. Petersburg Germany Poland
2018 St. Petersburg, Russia 11 Germany St. Petersburg Denmark
2019 Szczecin, Poland 11 St. Petersburg Poland Estonia
2020 Online[7] 10 Germany Norway Poland
2021 Reykjavik, Iceland 12 St. Petersburg Estonia Germany
2022 Tromsø, Norway 10 Poland Germany Lithuania


  1. ^ Forewords in Better (1997), Nummert, Willemson (2002), Villemoes (2007); see below.
  2. ^ Lists of results in first reference below and web sites linked there and in the next two references.
  3. ^ 2 teams from each of 3 countries - Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania.
  4. ^ No tie-breaker rules were found for Baltic Way 1997.
  5. ^ Norway was placed 4th, according to the tie-breaker rules of Baltic Way 2001.
  6. ^ Estonia & Lithuania were placed 4th, according to the tie-breaker rules of Baltic Way 2007.
  7. ^ Due to COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 edition was held virtually.

External links and references[edit]

Problems, solutions, results and links (some of them broken) to web sites 1990-2010[edit]

Estonian Math Competitions. "Baltic Way Mathematical Contests". Retrieved 2012-05-24.

Baltic Way contest web sites[edit]

Organisers, Baltic Way 2012. "Baltic Way '12, Tartu, Estonia". Retrieved 2013-01-31.

Organisers, Baltic Way 2013. "Mathematical Team Competition Baltic Way 2013". Retrieved 2016-03-13.

Organisers, Baltic Way 2014. "Baltic Way 2014". Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13.

Organisers, Baltic Way 2015. "Baltic Way 2015". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-03-13.

Organisers, Baltic Way 2016. "Baltic Way 2016, Mathematical group contest". Retrieved 2016-03-13.

Organisers, Baltic Way 2022. "Baltic Way 2022". Retrieved 2022-11-20.


Marcus Better (1997). Baltic way 1990-1996: mathematical team competition. Stockholm, Sweden: Department of Mathematics, University of Stockholm.

Uve Nummert, Jan Willemson (2002). Baltic Way Mathematical Team Contest 1997-2001. Tartu, Estonia: Estonian Mathematical Society. ISBN 9985-9235-9-6.

Rasmus Villemoes (2007). Baltic Way 2002-2006. Problems and solutions. Århus, Denmark: Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Aarhus. Art of Problem Solving Community. "International Competitions Baltic Way". Retrieved 2012-05-24.

IMO Compendium Group. "Baltic Way". Retrieved 2012-05-24.