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The 2018 International Geography Bee European Division Championships will take place at Novy PORG in Prague on Saturday, 9 June, 2018! The IGB European Championships are held in conjunction with the International History Bee and Bowl’s European Championships; interested students who are qualified can compete in both (or they can participate in the qualifying game for the History Bee after the IGB European Championships preliminaries conclude). A full schedule of the rounds is listed below.
Note that all events on Friday as well as the Sports and Entertainment History Bee are open to everyone and do not require prior qualification. The Sports and Entertainment History Bee, the sightseeing tour, and the History Bee of Bohemia are free of charge as well.
Students who win their age division at either the 2017 or 2018 IGB European Championships receive a reduction of $200 USD in entry fees to the 2018 International Geography Bee World Championships in Berlin on July 11-17. This is not cumulative over the two years, however, if a student wins in both years.

10:00 Optional Sightseeing Excursion to Prague’s Old Town
12:00 Lunch
12:40 The History Bee of Bohemia Prelim Round (First Group)
1:20 The History Bee of Bohemia Prelim Round (Second Group)
2:00 The History Bee of Bohemia Final Round
2:30 Leave for Novy PORG
3:15 Academic Bowl of Europe – Doors Open
3:40 Academic Bowl – Please Arrive By This Time!
3:50 Academic Bowl Opening Meeting
4:10 Academic Bowl Round 1
4:45 Academic Bowl Round 2
5:20 Academic Bowl Round 3
5:55 Academic Bowl Round 4
6:30 Academic Bowl Round 5
7:00 Snack Break (bring your own snacks)
7:10 Academic Bowl Semifinals
7:40 Academic Bowl Finals
8:00 Academic Bowl End
8:15 Group Dinner

8:45 Sports & Entertainment Bee Doors Open
9:00 Sports & Entertainment Bee Please Arrive By This Time!
9:05 Sports & Entertainment Bee Opening Meeting
9:20 Sports & Entertainment Bee Round 1
9:50 Sports & Entertainment Bee Round 2
10:20 Intl. Geography Bee European Championships – Please Arrive By This Time!
10:30 Intl. Geography Bee – Opening Meeting
10:50 Intl. Geography Bee Round 1
11:20 Intl. Geography Bee Round 2
11:45 Intl. Geography Bee Round 3
12:10 Lunch
12:40 History Bee Qualifier Check In
12:50 History Bee Qualifier Opening Meeting
1:05 History Bee Qualifier
1:30 Intl. Geography Bee Finals
2:00 Sports & Entertainment History Bee Finals
2:20 History Bee Check In (Snack Break)
2:35 History Bee – Please Arrive By This Time!
2:50 History Bee Opening Meeting
3:15 History Bee Round 1
3:50 History Bee Round 2
4:20 History Bee Round 3
4:50 History Bee Round 4
5:45 History Bee Final Stage 1
6:30 History Bee Final Stage 2
7:00 Awards
7:15 End

8:45 Doors Open for History Bowl
9:10 Please Arrive By This Time for History Bowl!
9:25 History Bowl Opening Meeting
9:55 History Bowl Round 1
10:35 History Bowl Round 2
11:15 History Bowl Round 3
11:55 History Bowl Round 4
12:35 History Bowl Round 5
1:05 Lunch
1:40 Playoff Assignments Posted
1:55 History Bowl Playoff Round 1
2:35 History Bowl Playoff Round 2
3:10 History Bowl Playoff Round 3
3:45 Awards
3:55 History Bowl End

Costs are listed here. Registration will open on the IHBB Europe page in April 2018. For further questions, please email Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in Prague in June!


Congratulations to the 2017 International Geography Bee European Division Champions!
Varsity – Brychan Hall, Abu Dhabi Homeschool Association, UAE
Junior Varsity – Harper Christian, American International School of Budapest, Hungary
Middle School – Anabel Mellinger, Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, Switzerland

Full results from the 2017 IGB European Championships are now available for download here. The 2017 IGB European Championships were held at St. Stephen’s School in Rome on Saturday, 20 May, 2017.

The European Championships of The International Geography Bee consists exclusively of buzzer-based quiz competition using “pyramidal” style paragraph-length questions that progress from harder to easier information.

The IGB European Championships are held each spring in conjunction with the European Championships of the International History Bee and Bowl. Check for dates and locations; the IGB and IHBB rounds take place at different times so that students may compete in both. For 2017, the International Geography Bee European Championships were held on Saturday, 20 May, 2017 at St. Stephen’s School in Rome. The European Championships feature 3 preliminary rounds of 30 questions that are 4-7 lines in length, and 1 or 2 final rounds for the top students. Roughly 30-40% of the questions focus on European geography.

Registration takes place on the website once registration for the IHBB European Championships opens. Costs are listed here – the cost of the IGB European Championships is identical to the Consolation Bee prices.

Please see the Resources Page for past questions used at the IGB European Championships with which to practice. A large sample of practice questions from past years’ Quiz Bowl Tournaments at the US Geography Olympiad National Championships can be found on the USGO website here though in terms of difficulty and content, the past questions used at the Geography Bee of Europe (accessible here – scroll down, and then click on the questions used at past European Championships) are a better approximation to what we will use at the IGB European Championships.