Latvia

In Latvia, Twitter is one of three social media platforms that are actively used by local politicians. There is also the social network draugiem.lv, which is the most popular in Latvia and is a local alternative to Facebook.

Presidency of Latvia Valsts prezidents

The Twitter profile of the president of Latvia, named after Riga Castle, the seat of the presidency was registered on 7 July 2010 under former President Valdis Zatlers. President Andris Bērziņš is less active on Twitter, posting less than one tweet a day. The current president does not write any tweets himself. The account occasionally engages with its followers using @replies and @mentions. The Latvian presidency mutually follows Lithuanian President @Grybauskaite_lt and unilaterally follows the Estonian President Toomas Ilves @IlvesToomas and Barack Obama @barackobama who have not yet reciprocated.

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Valsts prezidents

@Rigas_pils

Oficiālais Latvijas Valsts prezidenta Twitter konts. Informācija sabiedrībai par Latvijas Valsts prezidenta un Valsts prezidenta kancelejas darbību.

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:1,126
Following:8
Followers:16,194
Joined Twitter: 07/07/2010
Language: Latvian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.76
Retweets: 6%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.28
Replies/Tweet: 0.15
Tweets retweeted: 58%
Most mentioned @Rigas_pils (11), @Bernu_slimnica (10), @janka4rever (9), @IlvesToomas (9), @Dmitrij_arzem (8), @guntissc (6), @MaartinsS (5), @YouTube (4), @edgarsrinkevics (4), @arvislacis (4).

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First tweet

Translation: VP: Let Latvian song sound far, let Latvian spirit always be strong

Most popular tweet

Translation: VP: If @ManaBalss collects 10,000 signatures for the disclosure of the real beneficiaries of off shore companies, I will submit this initiative to parliament on 16.06 http://ej.uz/v9g5

Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma

Latvia’s Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, was the Minister for Agriculture in the government of Valdis Dombrovskis (@VDombrovskis), who had to step down after the Riga supermarket roof collapse. Laimdota @Straujuma joined Twitter on 27 June 2012 and she tweets on average once a day. Her account can be considered fairly conversational and interactive. Over forty percent of her tweets are retweets, mainly of the Agricultural Ministry @Zemkopibas_min and now more often from the government and the foreign minister @edgarsrinkevics. Almost a fifth of her tweets are @replies and she @mentions other users in almost every fifth post. However she rarely posts photos or videos in her feed and is not well connected among her peers.

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Laimdota Straujuma

@Straujuma

Latvijas Republikas Ministru prezidente / Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

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Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:787
Following:127
Followers:5,029
Joined Twitter: 06/27/2012
Language: Latvian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.11
Retweets: 42%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.26
Replies/Tweet: 0.17
Tweets retweeted: 34%
Most mentioned @EdgarsLogins (14), @andrispp (12), @MrtiCimmis (10), @GRozenbergs (9), @ZemniekuSaeima (9), @SvenDangblaad (6), @IvetaLaicena (6), @par_izglitibu (5), @Janis_Treijs (5), @Strautins_DNB (5).

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First tweet

Translation: Hello, Dear! I am now on Twitter, too.

Most popular tweet

Translation: Maxima's manager has been sacked. I rarely went there, but I will no longer go into Maxima.

Government of Latvia Valdības māja

The official account of the Latvian government tweets on average four times per day and more than a quarter of its tweets are retweets of other Latvian ministries and government institutions. The government tweets mainly in Latvian to keeps its followers abreast of the government’s activities and the activities of Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma who also happens to be the second most mentioned person on the governmental Twitter stream after former Prime Minsiter @VDombrovskis. Its most popular tweet is the announcement of three minutes of silence in memory of the victims of the Riga supermarket roof collapse.

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Valdības māja

@Brivibas36

Ministru kabinets / Government of Latvia

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:6,297
Following:1,478
Followers:8,318
Joined Twitter: 06/08/2009
Language: Latvian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 4.82
Retweets: 29%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.6
Replies/Tweet: 0.08
Tweets retweeted: 40%
Most mentioned @VDombrovskis (561), @Brivibas36 (102), @Straujuma (95), @Finmin (28), @staroriga (25), @EM_gov_lv (24), @AndrisVilks (24), @Tieslietas (24), @Lab_min (20), @IZM_gov_lv (18).

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Translation: In connection with the tragedy three days of mourning have been decreed on 23, 24 and 25 November. On Monday. 10.00-moment of silence.

Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs ‏tweets personally in Latvian and in English, often retweeting tweets from the official foreign ministry account @Arlietas. He is one of the best connected foreign ministers unilaterally following 61 world leaders and mutually following 31 of his peers. He tweets on average almost six times a day and over a fourth of his tweets are @replies to other Twitter users. His most popular tweet prior to the Riga supermarket tragedy has been a reflection on his sleeping habits: “There are those who go to bed early and get up early with the larks, and the owls who go to bed late, and those who stay up late and get up early are the Angry Birds.”

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Edgars Rinkēvičs

@edgarsrinkevics

Latvijas Republikas ārlietu ministrs/ Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:6,511
Following:1,748
Followers:10,326
Joined Twitter: 07/30/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 5.61
Retweets: 22%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.52
Replies/Tweet: 0.28
Tweets retweeted: 48%
Most mentioned @DienaLv (73), @DelfiLV (44), @Tvnet_portals (38), @Arlietas (38), @Viedoklis_lv (32), @LinkeviciusL (25), @RitaEvaNa (25), @carlbildt (24), @sims_edgarsims (23), @AndrejsElksnins (22).

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Translation: Those who go to bed early and rise early are the larks, those who are doing it late, the owls, the ones who stay up late and get up early are the Angry Birds

Foreign Ministry of Latvia Ārlietu ministrija

The Latvian foreign ministry maintains two accounts one in Latvian @Arlietas and an English language Twitter account @Latvian_MFA. The Latvian Twitter account was created on 4 October 2010 and tweets on average 2.8 times a day. The English version @Latvian_MFA joined Twitter a year later, is less prolific with less than a tweet per day and has also only a fourth of its followers. The account chronicles all foreign ministry meetings with pictures and often retweets and mentions Foreign Minister @EdgarsRinkevics. The hashtag most used by the Latvian account is #InternetFreedom. The English account is mutually following twenty-five other global leaders, while @Arlietas is only mutually connected to four.

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Ārlietu ministrija

@Arlietas

Ārlietu ministrija izstrādā un īsteno Latvijas ārpolitiku, lai radītu labvēlīgus apstākļus starptautiskajai drošībai un iekšpolitiskajai stabilitātei.

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:3,856
Following:339
Followers:4,669
Joined Twitter: 10/04/2010
Language: Latvian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.92
Retweets: 16%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.3
Replies/Tweet: 0.07
Tweets retweeted: 35%
Most mentioned @edgarsrinkevics (328), @Arlietas (127), @ViktorsMakarovs (23), @LTRK_info (21), @YouTube (17), @LIAALatvija (9), @SSE_Riga (9), @USEmbassyRiga (8), @VDombrovskis (8), @EM_gov_lv (7).

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First tweet

Translation: Entrepreneurs and Latvian ambassadors to discuss the food export markets http://ej.uz/aff

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