International Math Olympiad kicks off in Cluj-Napoca

Over 600 students from more than 100 countries are expected at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), taking place starting today, July 3, in the western Romania city of Cluj-Napoca, according to

It is the 59th edition of the event, which started in 1959 in Brasov, in central Romania. Seven countries participated at the first event: Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, and USSR. Since then, the event has been held every year (except 1980) in a different country. Currently, countries from five continents participate. Each country can send a team of up to six high school students or students not yet enrolled in graduate studies.

During the competition, contestants have to solve, individually, two contest papers on two consecutive days, with three problems each day. Each problem is worth seven points. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in the ratio of 1:2:3 according to the overall results. Half of the contestants receive a medal. Certificates of honorable mention are awarded to students who who obtained 7 points for at least one problem.


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