From April 27 to May 2, 2024, Bulgaria is hosting the 41st Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (BMO). It will be held in the resort “St. St. Constantine and Elena”, Varna. A record number of participants is expected to arrive in Bulgaria –  137 students from 22 countries.

The competition day for students is April 29. Within 4 and a half hours, each student solves 4 problems in algebra, combinatorics, geometry and number theory.

The Balkan Mathematics Olympiad was founded by Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in 1984, and was held for the first time in Athens. Over the years, the competition became more popular and today it is one of the most prestigious international competitions in mathematics.

According to the regulations of the competition, the participants can be the 11 Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Moldova, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey. BMO can only be organized by one of these member countries, and participants in the competition can only be teams from these countries. The host country can also invite teams from other countries to try their hand at the competition – this year we welcome competitors from 11 countries, including France, Great Britain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and others. Each country’s team can consist of a maximum of six students, and the host country – Bulgaria – will participate in the Olympiad with two teams. The Bulgarian participants in the BMO are selected from among the best performers from the Autumn Mathematics Tournament, the National Winter Mathematics Competition and the Spring Mathematics Competition followed by an additional selection with control competitions.

The main organizers of the Balkan Mathematics Olympiad in Bulgaria are the Ministry of Education and Science and the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians (UBM). The chairman of the organizing committee is Prof. Nikolay Nikolov, and the secretaries are Prof. Stanislav Harizanov and Alexander Velinov. The Olympiad is held under the patronage of the Mayor of Varna Blagomir Kotsev. Partners of BMO2024 are the Natural Sciences Olympic Teams Association (NSOTA), Jane Street and Astea Solutions.