The Twin cities movement first started developing after World War II. It grew together with the citizens’ and nations’ wish to strengthen understanding and friendship between different cultures, promote peace, as well as strengthen trade partnerships and tourism. 
The first contacts of Riga with foreign cities started developing in the '60s of the last century and those were Pori in Finland and Rostock in the GDR. During the following years the network of Twin cities gradually started broadening, with more connections being established starting from the mid ‘70s with cities both in Europe and other continents and regions.
Riga, as a metropolis of the Baltic region, is an attractive foreign cooperation partner for the established twin cities as well as for municipalities, regions and international organizations of other countries. Municipality partnership based upon reliable relations can be a mutual enrichment source by developing new forms of partnership, exchanging experience and best practice, discussing the changes that need to be faced, as well as by mutually supporting the development of infrastructure and environment.
Riga has 29 twin cities in five continents, and the contracts with the twin cities serve as a foundation for cooperation in the areas of culture, education, traffic organization and city development, as well as healthcare, tourism, investment, business, environment protection and other.

Almaty (Kazakhstan)
http://www.almaty.kz

City Mayor: Bakytzhan Sagyntayev (since 01.07.2019.).

Cooperation is regulated by the agreement of collaboration, signed on October 22nd of 1998, between the Riga municipality of the Republic of Latvia and the Akimat of Almaty of the Kazakhstan Republic in the fields of trade economy, scientifically technological cooperation, healthcare, culture, education, tourism and sports.

Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)
http://www.astana.kz


City Mayor:  Altai Kulginov (since 13.06.2019.)


The protocol of intent on the establishment of cooperation was signed on 23.10.1998.
The cooperation is determined by the agreement signed on July 18, 2006 between the Riga City Municipality of the Republic of Latvia and the Akimata of the City of Astana of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the fields of trade, economic and scientific cooperation, health care, culture, education, tourism and sports.

Bordo (France)
http://www.bordeaux.fr

City Mayor:  Pierre Hurmic ( 03.07.2020.)

Cooperation is regulated by the agreement of cooperation between the capital of the Republic of Latvia, Riga, and the capital of the Aquitaine region of the French Republic, Bordeaux, which was signed on July 2nd, 1993.

Bremen (Germany)
http://www.bremen.de

City Mayor: Andreas Bovenschulte (since 15.08.2019.)

The twinning agreement between Riga and Bremen was first signed on February 15, 1985. The cooperation is determined by the Agreement on Cooperation between Riga (Republic of Latvia) and Bremen (Federal Republic of Germany) signed on April 22, 1992.

Dallas (USA)
http://www.dallascityhall.com/

City Mayor: Eric Johnson (since 07.06.2019.)

Partnership is regulated by the mutual Declaration of Twin Cities, signed in 1990, in order to promote and expand the cities’ cooperation in the areas of culture, economics, trade, education, justice, science and technology, sports and medicine.

Yerevan (Armenia)
http://www.yerevan.am/ru

City Mayor: Hayk Marutyan (since 29.09.2018.)

Cooperation is regulated by the Agreement of cooperation between the Riga municipality of the Republic of Latvia and the Yerevan municipality of the Republic of Armenia, which was signed during the time of T. Margaryan’s visit in Riga on 5th of July, 2013. 

Florence (Italy)
http://en.comune.fi.it/ 

City Mayor: Dario Nardella (since 25.05.2014.) 

Cooperation is regulated by the Agreement on cooperation signed on March 25th, 2004.

Cairns (Australia)
http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au

City Mayor:  Bob Manning (since 2012.)

The first partnership contract between Riga and Cairns was signed in 1990. Currently partnership is regulated by the agreement of city cooperation between Riga and Cairns, which was signed in 2013 and includes promotion of experience exchange in the areas of economics, education, culture and tourism.

Kiev (Ukraine)
http://www.uazone.net/Kiev.html

City Mayor: Vitaly Klichko (since 05.06.2014.)

Cooperation is regulated by the Agreement of cooperation between the capital of Republic of Latvia, Riga and the capital of Ukraine, Kiev signed on May 29th, 1998.

Kobe (Japan)
http://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/foreign/english/index.html

City Mayor: Kizo Hisamoto  (since 20.11.2013.)

Agreement on Riga and Kobe partnership ties was signed in 1974. Cooperation is currently regulated by the Agreement of friendship ties between Riga (the Republic of Latvia) and Kobe (Japan) which was signed on October 24th, 1991.

Moscow (Russia)
http://www.duma.mos.ru

City Mayor: Sergey Sobyanin (since 21.10.2010.)

Cooperation is regulated by the agreement of cooperation in the areas of trade, economics, science, humanitarian and cultural affairs, signed on December 13th, 2001. between the capital of the Republic of Latvia, Riga and the capital of the Russian Federation, Moscow.

Minsk (Belorussia) 
http://www.minsk.gov.by

City Mayor:  Anatoly  Sivak (since 24.11.2018.)

Cooperation is regulated by the agreement of collaboration between the Riga City Council and Minsk Executive Committee, signed on 29th of March, 1999. Cooperation areas include transit flow and tourism development, culture and environmental protection. 

Norrköping (Sweden) 
http://www.norrkoping.se

City Mayor: Olle Vikmång (since  10.2018.) 

The first Agreement of cooperation between Riga (USSR) and Norrköping (Sweden) was signed in 1988. A new agreement of 2014-2018 cooperation was signed between Riga and Norrköping on March 26th, 2014 in Riga. In the last years the majority of partnership events and projects have involved the areas of education, culture, housing and environment.

Aalborg (Denmark) 
http://www.aalborg.dk

City Mayor:  Thomas Kastrup-Larsen (since 01.2014.)

Partnership is regulated by the Agreement of cooperation in the areas of entrepreneurship and trade, environmental protection, city development, tourism, culture, education and sports, which was signed on October 12th, 1990.

Beijing (China) 
http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn

City Mayor: Chen Jining (since 30.01.2018.)

Cooperation is regulated by the Agreement of cooperation in economic, social and cultural areas, which was signed between Riga City Council and Beijing municipality on April 15th, 2004.

Pori (Finland) 
http://www.pori.fi

City Mayor:  Aino-Maija Luukkonen (since 04.2004.)

Pori is the oldest twin city of Riga – the cities are partners since 1964. Currently the cooperation is regulated by the agreement between Riga and Pori, which was signed in Riga on June 9th, 2011. Partnership includes cooperation in EU projects, cultural heritage preservation, city development, entrepreneurship, tourism, culture, education and sports, as well as cooperation within different organizations.

Rostock (Germany) 
http://www.rostock.de

City Mayor: Claus Ruhe Madsen (since 16.06. 2019.

In October of 1974, Riga and Rostock signed their first partnership agreement on delegation and experience exchange. Cooperation is currently regulated by the agreement between Riga (the Republic of Latvia) and Rostock (BRD), which was signed on November 8th, 1991.

Saint Petersburg (Russia)
http://gov.spb.ru

City governor: Alexander Beglov (since 18.09. 2019.)

Until 2006. the cooperation of Riga with Saint Petersburg was regulated by the protocol on cooperation between the Riga City Council and the Saint Petersburg administration with the Annex „International cooperation programs in the Baltic region”. On March 23rd, 2006, during the Saint Petersburg Days, a new agreement on cooperation in the areas of trade, economics, science, technology, tourism and culture was signed between the Riga City Council and the Saint Petersburg Government.

Santiago (Chile) 
http://www.munistgo.cl/

City Mayor: Felipe Alessandri Vergara (since 6.12.2016.) 

Cooperation is regulated by the agreement of partnership and cooperation between Riga and Santiago, which was signed in 1997 and includes cooperation in the areas of culture, entrepreneurship, city development and exchange of municipality experts.

Stockholm (Sweden) 
http://www.stockholm.se

City Mayor: Anna König Jerlmyr (since 15.10.2018.) 

Cooperation is regulated by the agreement of cooperation between Riga and Stockholm, which was signed in 1998 and includes cooperation in the areas of city development and management, environment protection, harbour operations, entrepreneurship, education, culture, sports and tourism.

Suzhou (China)
http://www.suzhou.gov.cn/ (tikai ķīniešu valodā)

City Mayor: Li Yaping (since 03.2017.)

Partnership is regulated by the Agreement of twin cities’ partnership establishment between Riga (the Republic of Latvia) and Suzhou (People's Republic of China), which was signed on September 22nd, 1997, as well as by the additional agreement on cooperation in areas of culture and tourism, which was signed on October 27th, 2003.

Taipei (Taiwan)
http://www.taipei.gov.tw

City Mayor: Ko Wenje, (since 2014.)

Cooperation is regulated by the joint statement on the establishment of partnership ties between Riga and Taipei, which was signed on August 6th, 2001.

Tallinn (Estonia) 
http://www.tallinn.ee/eng/ 

City Mayor: Mihhail Kõlvart (since 11.04.2019.)

Cooperation is regulated by the agreement of partnership between Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, which was signed on February 18th, 2005.

Tartu (Estonia) 
https://www.tartu.ee/et

City Mayor:  Urmas Klaas  (since 04. 2014.)

Cooperation is regulated by the declaration of cooperation between Riga (the Republic of Latvia) and Tartu (the Republic of Estonia) , which was signed on March 14th, 2005.

Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
http://www.tashvil.gov.uz

City Mayor: Artikkhodjayev Jakhongir Abidovich (since  21.12.2018.)

Cooperation is regulated by the Agreement of cooperation in areas of trade, economics, science and technology, humanitarian and cultural affairs, which was signed between Riga City Council and the Tashkent hokimat on July 7th, 2004.

Tbilisi (Gerogia) 
http://www.tbilisi.gov.ge

City Mayor: Kakha Kaladze (since 11.2017.)

Cooperation is regulated by the Agreement of cooperation in areas of trade, economics, science, and technology, humanitarian and cultural affairs, which was signed between the Riga City Council and Tbilisi on April 3rd, 2007.

Warsaw (Poland) 
http://www.um.warszawa.pl/en

City Mayor: Rafał Trzaskowski (since 22.11. 2018.) 

Cooperation is regulated by the Agreement of cooperation and friendship between Riga and Warsaw, which was signed on May 18th, 2002.

Vilnius (Lithuania) 
https://vilnius.lt/lt/

City Mayor:  Remigijus Šimašius  (since 2015.)

Cooperation is regulated by the agreement of partnership between Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, which was signed on February 18th, 2005.

Kazan (Russia)
https://www.kzn.ru
 

City Mayot: Ilsur Metshinс  (since November 2005)

The cooperation agreement was signed on April 27, 2017 between the Riga City Council and the City Hall of Kazan. Areas of cooperation: transport services, the development of tourism, sports, education, culture, health, social guarantees, environmental protection.