European Ambassadors to the US on Twitter

Since I’ve compiled information on US ambassadors to Europe-Eurasia on Twitter, I thought I should flip it around and see how the European ambassadors to the US fare on Twitter.  I started first at each embassy’s website and then looked for their ambassador.  If there was no direct link to a Twitter account, I then searched the ambassador’s name on Twitter.  Similar to the US ambassador list, the date in parentheses following “Twitter Account” is the date I checked Twitter for their information, NOT the date they were sworn in as ambassador.

Albania Ambassador to the U.S.
Gilbert Galanxhi
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Armenia Ambassador to the U.S.
Tatoul Markarian
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Austria Ambassador to the U.S.
Dr. Hans Peter Manz
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Azerbaijan Ambassador to the U.S.
Elin Suleymanov
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @ElinSuleymanov
Tweets: 900
Following: 328
Followers: 608
Joined Twitter: August 5, 2013

Belarus Ambassador to the U.S.
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Oleg Kravchenko
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Belgium Ambassador to the U.S.
Johan Verbeke
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Bosnia & Herzegovina Ambassador to the U.S.
Jadranka Negodic
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Bulgaria Ambassador to the U.S.
Elena Poptodorova
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Croatia Ambassador to the U.S.
Josip Joško Paro
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Cyprus Ambassador to the U.S.
George Chacalli
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): I found two accounts- @GeorgeChacalli / @gchacalli
Tweets: 35/3
Following: 34/13
Followers: 31/0
Joined Twitter:  May 10, 2012/June 20, 2011

Czech Republic Ambassador to the U.S.
Petr Gandalovič
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Denmark Ambassador to the U.S.
Peter Taksøe-Jensen
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @petertaksoe
Tweets: 508
Following: 230
Followers: 681
Joined Twitter:September 29, 2012

Estonia Ambassador to the U.S.
Marina Kaljurand
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @MarinaKaljurand
Tweets: 0
Following: 70
Followers: 57
Joined Twitter: June 7, 2012

Finland Ambassador to the U.S.
Ritva Koukku-Ronde
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @AmbKoukkuRonde
Tweets: 220
Following: 188
Followers: 453
Joined Twitter: December 12, 2012

France Ambassador to the U.S.
François Delattre
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Georgia Ambassador to the U.S.
Archil Gegeshidze
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Germany Ambassador to the U.S.
Peter Ammon
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Greece Ambassador to the U.S.
Christos P.  Panagopoulos
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @C_Panag
Tweets: 438
Following: 393
Followers: 1,181
Joined Twitter: February 1, 2013

Hungary Ambassador to the U.S.
Dr. György Szapáry
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Iceland Ambassador to the U.S.
Gudmundur A. Stefansson
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Ireland Ambassador to the U.S.
Anne Anderson
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Italy Ambassador to the U.S.
Claudio Bisogniero
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @CBisogniero
Tweets: 5,233
Following: 474
Followers: 5,011
Joined Twitter: March 23, 2013

Kosovo Ambassador to the U.S.
Akan Ismaili
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Latvia Ambassador to the U.S.
Andris Razāns
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @razansandris
Tweets: 184
Following: 110
Followers: 159
Joined Twitter: June 11, 2013

Lithuania Ambassador to the U.S.
Žygimantas Pavilionis
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @ZygisPavilionis
Tweets: 5,064
Following: 5,065
Followers: 5,151
Joined Twitter: September 24, 2012

Luxembourg Ambassador to the U.S.
Jean-Louis Wolzfeld
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Macedonia Ambassador to the U.S.
Zoran Jolevski
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @ZJolevski
Tweets: 240
Following: 166
Followers: 672
Joined Twitter:May 12, 2011

Malta Ambassador to the U.S.
Marisa Micallef
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Moldova Ambassador to the U.S.
Igor Munteanu
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Montenegro Ambassador to the U.S.
Srdjan Darmanovic
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Netherlands Ambassador to the U.S.
Rudolf Bekink
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @RBekink
Tweets: 270
Following: 156
Followers: 1,498
Joined Twitter: March 5, 2012

Norway Ambassador to the U.S.
Kåre R. Aas
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @kareraas
Tweets: 150
Following: 118
Followers: 700
Joined Twitter: September 11, 2013

Poland Ambassador to the U.S.
Ryszard Schnepf
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Portugal Ambassador to the U.S.
Nuno Brito
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Romania Ambassador to the U.S.
Iulian Buga
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Russia Ambassador to the U.S.
Sergey I. Kislyak
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Serbia Ambassador to the U.S.
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Vladimir Jovičić
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Slovakia Ambassador to the U.S.
Peter Kmec
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @peterkmec
Tweets: 23
Following: 51
Followers: 77
Joined Twitter: December 15, 2010

Slovenia Ambassador to the U.S.
Dr. Božo Cerar
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Spain Ambassador to the U.S.
Ramon Gil-Casares
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Sweden Ambassador to the U.S.
Björn Lyrvall
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @bjornly
Tweets: 835
Following: 523
Followers: 1,146
Joined Twitter: May 18, 2010

Switzerland Ambassador to the U.S.
Manuel Sager
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Turkey Ambassador to the U.S.
Namık Tan
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

Ukraine Ambassador to the U.S.
Olexander Motsyk
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

United Kingdom Ambassador to the U.S.
Sir Peter Westmacott
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): @PeterWestmacott
Tweets: 189
Following: 104
Followers: 3,052
Joined Twitter: February 7, 2013

Holy See Ambassador to the U.S.
Carlo Maria Viganò
Twitter Account (as of March 31, 2014): None that I could find

EU Ambassador to the U.S.
João Vale de Almeida
Twitter Account (as of April 1, 2014): @ValedeAlmeidaEU
Tweets: 1,618
Following: 170
Followers: 4,720
Joined Twitter: February 22, 2012

Findings
First, out of the forty-seven ambassadors from Europe-Eurasia, only sixteen have Twitter accounts.  This surprised me since a lot of the developments in digital diplomacy I’ve seen lately have come from Europe.

Second, I was quite surprised that the ambassadors from Lithuania (Žygimantas Pavilionis) and Italy (Claudio Bisogniero) each had more followers than the ambassador from the EU (João Vale de Almeida).  I don’t know much about Lithuania’s communications team, but I know that one member of Italy’s communications team, Andreas Sandre, has done considerable work in the field of digital diplomacy and participated in the G+ Hangout that led me to look into this information.

Third, France, the Netherlands, and Italy, each have some really cool (and useful) interactive social media sites (even though they may not necessarily focus on the US).  I’ve put links to them in the caption of each image so that you can take a look at the innovative ways they’re using social media.

French Diplomatic Network on Twitter
French Diplomatic Network on Twitter
Social Media Guide- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Social Media Guide- The Netherlands
Social Media Hub- Italy in the USA
Social Media Hub- Italy in the USA

In an attempt to make this information more useful, I have created a list on Twitter.  Thanks for reading.

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