In Latvia, Twitter has become one of the most widely used social media platforms, actively used by local politicians. Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs even used Twitter to come out publically as gay.

Tweets from Latvia leaders

Presidency of Latvia Valsts prezidents

The Twitter profile of the President of Latvia, which is named after Riga Castle, the seat of the presidency, was registered on the 7 July 2010 under former President Valdis Zatlers and tweets exclusively in Latvian. Under President Andris Bērziņš the account has become less active with approximately one tweet per day. The account does not engage with the followers and most of the tweets are automatically generated from the presidential website but the team also posts pictures of his meetings with foreign diginitaries. The Latvian presidency mutually follows only the Lithuanian President Dalia @Grybauskaite_LT.

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Oficiālais Latvijas Valsts prezidenta Twitter konts / Official Twitter account of the President of Latvia

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 07/07/2010
Language: Latvian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.76
Retweets: 6%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.24
Replies/Tweet: 0.13
Tweets retweeted: 61%
Most mentioned @Rigas_pils (11), @IlvesToomas (9), @janka4rever (9), @Dmitrij_arzem (8), @guntissc (6), @MaartinsS (5), @edgarsrinkevics (4), @arvislacis (4), @Iespejamamisija (4), @LielaTalka (4).
Average of retweets 5

Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma

Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma joined Twitter on the 27 June 2012. She tweets on average once a day about current events. 41% of her tweets are retweets and 15% are conversations with her followers. Her tweets seem to be composed by herself, mostly in Latvian. The most popular tweet so far is congratulatory tweet to a famous Latvian chemist: ‘’I congratulate Mr. Kalviņš and his team! Latvian scientists finally have received a permission to use the long developed anti-cancer drug in medicine’’. Straujuma showed loyalty to her followers and kept tweeting even after the ethics commission of her party asked its members not to use Twitter. Afterwards she tweeted: “Hello to my followers! I will gladly keep communicating with you on Twitter :)’’.

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Laimdota Straujuma


Saeimas deputāte/Member of parliament; Latvia

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 06/27/2012
Language: Latvian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.88
Retweets: 41%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.26
Replies/Tweet: 0.15
Tweets retweeted: 37%
Most mentioned @EdgarsLogins (14), @andrispp (12), @MrtiCimmis (10), @ZemniekuSaeima (9), @GRozenbergs (9), @SvenDangblaad (6), @Brivibas36 (6), @IvetaLaicena (6), @Janis_Treijs (5), @Kalniete (5).
Average of retweets 6

Government of Latvia Valdības māja

The official account of the Latvian government, named ater its street address, was set up on 8 June 2009 and is quite active, tweeting five tweets per day on average a third of which are retweets of other Latvian ministries. The account tweets mainly in Latvian to keep its followers abreast of the government’s and Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma’s activities, who also is the most mentioned person on their Twitter stream. The most popular tweet so far is the announcement after the tragedy in supermarket Maxima in 2013 where 54 people died after the roof collapsed: “There will be 3 days of mourning on November 23, 24 and 25. On Monday at 10 AM – the moment of silence.”

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Ministru kabinets / Government of Latvia

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 06/08/2009
Language: Latvian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 5.02
Retweets: 30%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.58
Replies/Tweet: 0.06
Tweets retweeted: 44%
Most mentioned @Straujuma (404), @VDombrovskis (220), @Brivibas36 (95), @EM_gov_lv (38), @Finmin (35), @staroriga (34), @Lab_min (31), @IZM_gov_lv (30), @elitadreimane (27), @Tieslietas (23).
Average of retweets 3

Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs made international headlines when he used Twitter to come out publically as gay in late 2014, breaking a major taboo in one of Eastern Europe’s socially conservative countries. “I proudly announce I'am gay... Good luck all of you...’’ has become his most popular tweet. Edgars Rinkēvičs joined Twitter on the 30th of July 2009 and he is among a handful of world leaders who tweet personbally in Latvian and in English, often retweeting and mentioning tweets from the official Foreign Ministry account @Arlietas. He tweets about eight times a day on average and often replies to other Twitter users. He is also one of the best connected foreign ministers mutually following 59 other foreign ministries and foreign leaders.

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Edgars Rinkēvičs


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

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 07/30/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 8.08
Retweets: 45%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.35
Replies/Tweet: 0.14
Tweets retweeted: 43%
Most mentioned @DienaLv (37), @eu2015lv (31), @Vinkele (20), @Tvnet_portals (20), @Arlietas (19), @DelfiLV (19), @VienotibaLV (18), @ES2015LV (17), @LinkeviciusL (15), @lolita_cigane (15).
Average of retweets 18

Foreign Ministry of Latvia Ārlietu ministrija

The Latvian Foreign Ministry maintains two separate Twitter accounts in Latvian (@Arlietas) and in English (@Latvian_MFA). The Latvian Twitter account was created on 4 October 2010 and tweets four times a day on average. The English version @Latvian_MFA is less prolific and has also only a half of its followers. Both accounts chronicle the activities and meetings and often retweet and mention Foreign Minister’s @EdgarsRinkevics personal account. The English account @Latvian_MFA is very well connected, mutually following 65 other foreign ministries.

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Ārlietu ministrija


ĀM izstrādā un īsteno LV ārpolitiku, lai radītu labvēlīgus apstākļus starptautiskajai drošībai un iekšpolitiskajai stabilitātei. In English, follow @Latvian_MFA

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 10/04/2010
Language: Latvian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 4.04
Retweets: 31%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.43
Replies/Tweet: 0.04
Tweets retweeted: 45%
Most mentioned @edgarsrinkevics (476), @Arlietas (187), @ES2015LV (63), @ZKLukasevica (48), @ViktorsMakarovs (26), @LTRK_info (17), @SSE_Riga (14), @Brivibas36 (14), @FedericaMog (13), @LVEmbassyDublin (10).
Average of retweets 3