Norway

The Norwegian government is on Twitter with official institutional accounts for each department, as well as the Crown Princely couple.

Royal Couple of Norway Det kongelige hoff

King Harald V of Norway is not on Twitter but his son, Crown Prince Haakon is. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway tweet on the @Kronprinsparet account, literally meaning “Crown Princely Couple”, sometimes in Norwegian but mostly in English, reflecting the couple’s high-level international engagement and network. They travel a lot, promote Norway and Norwegian business abroad, and engage in a number of causes from climate change and poverty to various UN missions. The Crown Prince is a regular participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos and a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, and assignments like these are their Twitter material. More than half of their tweets are retweets, of the personal account of @CrownPrincessMM Mette-Marit.

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Det kongelige hoff

@Kronprinsparet

Official twitter stream on behalf of Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:2,709
Following:21,882
Followers:74,962
Joined Twitter: 04/01/2009
Language: Norwegian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.32
Retweets: 52%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.23
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 36%
Most mentioned @CrownPrincessMM (96), @Davos (26), @UNAIDS (23), @Kronprinsparet (21), @UNDP (15), @johnhopebryant (11), @GlobalDignityNo (9), @tvaksjonen (7), @OneYoungWorld (6), @ISFiT (6)

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Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg became Norway’s second female prime minister in September 2013. She joined Twitter in September 2008, and is tweeting personally mainly in Norwegian. @ErnaSolberg mixes both official tweets related to governmental issues and personal tweets. She uses a humoristic tone of voice when she tweets about personal matters. The tweet that has received most retweets and favorites was sent in June 2013 to her political opponent, former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg: “OK @JensStolentberg I am ready for the challenge #2election”. Erna Solberg is highly conversational on Twitter with three quarters of her tweets being @replies to her followers. The Norwegian prime minister is also one of only two world leaders who @BarackObama is mutually following.

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Erna Solberg

@erna_solberg

Statsminister i Norge. Jobber for et samfunn med muligheter for alle. For saker til forvaltningen, henvend deg til rette myndighet for saksbehandling.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:4,180
Following:1,446
Followers:114,603
Joined Twitter: 09/24/2008
Language: Norwegian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.36
Retweets: 5%
Mentions/Tweet: 1.12
Replies/Tweet: 0.73
Tweets retweeted: 38%
Most mentioned @Hoyre (98), @StavronEdvin (39), @nicecap (36), @SteinarBl (36), @konservativ (27), @BentHHoyre (23), @jensstoltenberg (20), @C_Askenberg (19), @Trinesg (19), @jantoresanner (18)

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Government of Norway SMK

The Norwegian government has a news feed combining the news from all its departments on the @Regjeringen account. The Prime Minister’s office tweets official news, meetings and the agenda of Prime Minister Erna Solberg under the handle @Statsmin_kontor. The prime minister’s office rarely retweets, @mentions or @replies to its followers. The most retweeted was the announcement of a minute of silence on 25 July 2011 in memory of the victims of the Utøya massacre. A more recent popular post since Erna Solberg became prime minister was when Magnus Carlsen became chess world champion in November 2013.

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@Statsmin_kontor

Statsministerens kontor bistår statsministeren i å lede og samordne arbeidet i regjeringen.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:1,248
Following:309
Followers:23,481
Joined Twitter: 04/28/2009
Language: Norwegian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.63
Retweets: 8%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.17
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 41%
Most mentioned @erna_solberg (91), @jensstoltenberg (57), @jonasgahrstore (3), @kldep (3), @OPCW (2), @UNICEF (2), @UN (2), @YouTube (2), @AndersFoghR (2), @Utenriksdept (2)

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Foreign Minister of Norway Børge Brende

Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende made his debut on Twitter in May 2009 when he was head of the Norwegian Red Cross. @BørgeBrende mainly retweets messages from other accounts including the institutional account of the ministry rather than posting himself and only two percent of his tweets are @replies. When he writes his own tweets, they are mostly about international affairs, current issues or conflicts. He writes his posts both in English and Norwegian and mutually follows ten other foreign ministers. IN his most retweeted tweet he boasts about the size of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, valued at US$720 billion.

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Børge Brende

@borgebrende

Foreign Minister of Norway

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:1,338
Following:676
Followers:19,649
Joined Twitter: 05/11/2009
Language: Norwegian/English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.68
Retweets: 66%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.08
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 23%
Most mentioned @WilliamJHague (5), @erna_solberg (5), @WSJ (4), @Reuters (3), @carlbildt (3), @sikorskiradek (3), @kristinclemet (3), @HarvardBiz (3), @jensstoltenberg (3), @ianbremmer (3)

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Foreign Ministry of Norway Utenriksdepartement

The foreign ministry in Oslo has a Norwegian @Utenriksdept and an English language @NorwayMFA Twitter account. @Utenriksdept tweets on average three times per day, and almost two thirds of its tweets contain @mentions of other users, namely the personal accounts of Foreign Minister @BorgeBrende and his predecessor @EspenBarthEide. The Norwegian foreign ministry is among the top ten best connected foreign ministries mutually following seven other world leaders on the Norwegian account and 54 world leaders on the English account. The tweet that garnered the most retweets and engagement was sent on the 20 May 2013 when the manager of the account accidently tweeted while having his mobile in his pockets: “Ooooooooooonmj vjuvv”. @Utenriksdept followed up quickly explaining that “Tweeting while having the mobile phone in your pockets can happen to the best of us J And, no, we are not developing a new coded language”. This accident showed that @Utenriksdept is reactive and has a sense of humor. The foreign ministry also curates two Twitter lists with 12 ambassadors and 16 embassies and missions on Twitter.

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Utenriksdepartement

@Utenriksdept

Utenriksdepartementets offisielle profil, med siste nytt fra UD. Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For tweets in English, visit us here: @NorwayMFA

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:4,811
Following:401
Followers:16,716
Joined Twitter: 09/14/2009
Language: Norwegian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.89
Retweets: 7%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.76
Replies/Tweet: 0.06
Tweets retweeted: 59%
Most mentioned @borgebrende (521), @EspenBarthEide (291), @SVHeikki (280), @jonasgahrstore (227), @Arvinn (55), @ttlar (48), @erna_solberg (32), @Utenriksdept (30), @jensstoltenberg (30), @NorwayUN (28)

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Foreign Minister of Norway Vidar Helgesen

Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Minister for EU affairs joined Twitter in June 2011, and is tweeting personally. @VidarHelgesen mainly retweets posts from other accounts as more than half of his posts are retweets. The tweets that have been most favorited were respectively about agreements in the EU Parliament about free mobile roaming in EU within year 2015, and announcing his attendance at an annual meeting for @europeiskungdom, the Norwegian organization for European Youth.

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Vidar Helgesen

@VidarHelgesen

EØS/EU-minister. Minister for European Economic Area and EU Affairs. Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Norway.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:1,733
Following:1,426
Followers:3,851
Joined Twitter: 06/23/2011
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.47
Retweets: 58%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.29
Replies/Tweet: 0.13
Tweets retweeted: 23%
Most mentioned @kristinclemet (18), @Int_IDEA (12), @jantoresanner (8), @jasnoen (8), @tordlien (8), @StenRHelland (7), @arabist (7), @SidselWold (7), @ronneberg (7), @carlbildt (7)

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