Croatia is a Roman Catholic country situated at the intersection of Central Europe, Southeast Europe and Mediterranean. Having a history that dates back to 7th century AD, Croatia, much like its European counterparts, faced suppression from the Ottoman Empire and was later merged into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. It was not until 1991 that Croatia gained complete independence and was adjudged as the Republic of Croatia. Over the years, Croatia’s strategic geographic location influenced the country’s art and culture so much so, giving it shades of both the western and eastern hemispheres. Though Croatian stalwarts dominated Croatia’s politics, economy, military, academics, science, medicine, and arts and entertainment since times immemorial, it was in the 19th century that Croatian culture witnessed unprecedented developments in all the fields, thus giving rise to a number of popular historical figures such as, Franjo Tudman, Tin Ujevic, Vlado Gotovac, Janica, Kostelic, Ivan Supek and so on, The country also boasts of having three Nobel Prize winners including Lavoslav Ružička and Vladimir Prelog in the field of chemistry and Ivo Andrić in the field of literature. Know more about the life and works of popular Croatians in this section.
LordeLorde
(Singer)

07 November 1996

Rudolf SteinerRudolf Steiner
(Philosopher, social reformer, architect and esotericist)

25 February 1861

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti

28 February 1940

Slavica EcclestoneSlavica Ecclestone
(Model, Ex-Wife of Bernie Ecclestone)

02 June 1958

Theodor BillrothTheodor Billroth
(Surgeon)

26 April 1829

Kolinda Grabar-KitarovićKolinda Grabar-Kitarović
(Fourth President of Croatia)

29 April 1968

Slava RaskajSlava Raškaj
(Painter)

02 January 1877

Anton HausAnton Haus
(Naval officer)

13 June 1851

Goran IvanisevicGoran Ivanisevic
(Tennis Player)

13 September 1971

Herman PotočnikHerman Potočnik
(Engineer)

22 December 1892

Ivan MeštrovićIvan Meštrović
(Sculptor)

15 August 1883

Franjo RačkiFranjo Rački
(Historian)

25 November 1828

Emanuel VidovićEmanuel Vidović
(Artist)

24 December 1870

Davor GerbusDavor Gerbus
(YouTuber)

18 November 1997

DiocletianDiocletian
(Emperor)

22 December 0244

JeromeJerome
(Priest)

27 March 0347

Domagoj VidaDomagoj Vida
(Croatian footballer)

29 April 1989

Dejan LovrenDejan Lovren
(Croatian footballer)

05 July 1989

Davor ŠukerDavor Šuker
(Footballer)

01 January 1968

Marko PjacaMarko Pjaca
(Croatian footballer)

06 May 1995

Darijo SrnaDarijo Srna
(Croatian footballer)

01 May 1982

Eduardo da SilvaEduardo da Silva
(Brazilian-Croatian footballer)

25 February 1983

Zvonimir BobanZvonimir Boban
(Footballer)

08 October 1968

Mira FurlanMira Furlan
(Actress)

07 September 1955

Milan BadeljMilan Badelj
(Croatian footballer)

25 February 1989

MaximianMaximian

0250 AD

ValensValens
(Emperor)

0328 AD

Marko RogMarko Rog
(Croatian footballer)

19 July 1995

János KádárJános Kádár
(political)

26 May 1912

Tin JedvajTin Jedvaj
(Footballer)

28 November 1995

Dado PršoDado Pršo
(Footballer)

05 November 1974

Igor TudorIgor Tudor
(Croatian football manager)

16 April 1978

GlyceriusGlycerius
(Emperor)

0420 AD

Roger Joseph BoscovichRoger Joseph Boscovich

Ivo SanaderIvo Sanader
(Politician, Prime Minister)

08 June 1953

Stipe PletikosaStipe Pletikosa
(Footballer)

08 January 1979

Pope CaiusPope Caius
Saint MarinusSaint Marinus
(Stonemason, Saint)

0275 AD

Mary of HungaryMary of Hungary
(Queen)

1371 AD

Danijel LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
(Footballer)

04 September 1978

Jadranka KosorJadranka Kosor
(Politician, Journalist)

01 July 1953

Luigi DallapiccolaLuigi Dallapiccola
(Italian composer)

03 February 1904

Ivan PerisicIvan Perisic
(Footballer)

02 February 1989

ProbusProbus
(Emperor)

19 August 0232

Ivica VasticIvica Vastic
(Football midfielder)

29 September 1969

Andrija MohorovičićAndrija Mohorovičić
(Meteorologist)

23 January 1857

Ante PavelićAnte Pavelić
(Author)

14 July 1889

Blanka VlašićBlanka Vlašić
(Athlete)

08 November 1983

Dario ŠimićDario Šimić
(Football player)

12 November 1975

Dražen PetrovićDražen Petrović
(Basketball player)

22 October 1964

Franjo TuđmanFranjo Tuđman
(Former President of Croatia)

14 May 1922

Ivica OlićIvica Olić
(Croatian footballer)

14 September 1979

Ivo JosipovićIvo Josipović
(President)

28 August 1957

Ivo KarlovićIvo Karlović
(Croatian tennis player)

28 February 1979

Janica KostelićJanica Kostelić
(Alpine ski racer)

05 January 1982

Lavoslav RužičkaLavoslav Ružička
(Croatian-Swiss scientist)

13 September 1887

Luka ModrićLuka Modrić
(Footballer)

09 September 1985

Mario AnčićMario Ančić
(Tennis player)

30 March 1984

Mario MandžukićMario Mandžukić
(Croatian footballer)

21 May 1986

Milutin MilankovićMilutin Milanković
(Mathematician,Astronomer, Climatologist, Geophysicist, Civil engineer)

28 May 1879

Niko KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
(Footballer)

13 August 1984

Nikola KalinićNikola Kalinić
(Footballer)

05 January 1988

Ognjen VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
(Footballer)

20 December 1983

Predrag StojakovićPredrag Stojaković
(Basketball player)

09 June 1977

Robert KovačRobert Kovač
(Footballer)

06 April 1974

Robert ProsinečkiRobert Prosinečki
(Footballer)

12 January 1969

Siniša MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
(Footballer)

20 February 1969

Stjepan MesićStjepan Mesić
(President)

24 December 1934

Toni KukočToni Kukoč
(Basketball player)

18 September 1968