Former foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics has become the first openly gay head of state of a European Union nation.
Rinkevics, was sworn in as Latvia’s president on Saturday in Riga.
Rinkevics, 49, first came out in 2014.
Gay marriage is illegal in Latvia, although same-sex unions are recognised.
“The social divide in our society is too big,” he said.
“During my presidency, I will stand up for the creation of a modern and strong Latvia, for a legal and just Latvia, for the wellbeing of the people, for an inclusive and respectful society.
“And it is possible for all of us to achieve this by working together.”