European Statistics Competition

About the competition


The European Statistics Competition (ESC) is a competition starting in the 2017/2018 academic year, and jointly organised by Eurostat and volunteering National Statistical Institutes. It targets secondary school 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 competition is 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 is the national language(s) of the country concerned while the European phase is in English. 

Scientific publication on the ESC

Sanz, A.F., Luhmann, S. & Moraleda, A.G. Official statistics through the eyes of students and teachers—the European Statistics Competition. AStA Wirtsch Sozialstat Arch 13, 245–255 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11943-019-00249-5 

Annual rounds of the competition

All four annual rounds of the ESC have been (and will be) coordinated by INE Spain and Eurostat. The coordination work of INE Spain is co-financed by Eurostat grants.

ESC 2018 (academic year 2017-2018)

ESC 2018 website

ESC 2018 winning teams and promotional videos

ESC 2019 (academic year 2018-2019)

ESC 2019 website

ESC 2019 winning teams and promotional videos

ESC 2020 (academic year 2019-2020)

At the time of editing this page, the ESC 2020 is currently running. Owing to the COVID-19 crisis, the rules have been adapted to allow the competition to proceed (with elements of the competition carried out online as necessary).

ESC 2020 website

ESC 2021 (academic year 2020-2021)

The coordination of the ESC 2021 has been secured, and is covered (together with the coordination of the ESC 2020) by a grant agreement concluded between Eurostat and INE Spain.

A call for proposals (for grants to finance national participation in ESC 2021) has gone out to all members of the ESS.