Croatian

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.

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 1 Luka Modrić

Luka Modrić.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić has won 17 big trophies for his club. He had a difficult childhood, growing up amid the Croatian War of Independence. He has played for Tottenham Hotspur, and in 2018, he led Croatia to their first football World Cup final and won the Golden Ball.

 2 Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: February 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Motovun, Croatia

 Italian-born American former racing driver, Mario Andrett,i is the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, and the Formula One World Championship. He is considered one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport.  Over the course of his long career, he has is the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades (1967, 1978, and 1984). 

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 3 Lorde

Lorde.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Takapuna

Lorde is a New Zealand singer-songwriter best known for contributing to the soundtrack of the popular American sci-fi adventure film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Her song Yellow Flicker Beat was released as the lead single from the film's successful soundtrack. In 2013 and 2014, she was featured in Time magazine's most influential teenagers list.

 4 Mirko Cro Cop

Mirko Cro Cop.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vinkovci, Croatia

 5 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Fourth President of Croatia
Birthdate: April 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rijeka
Best known as the first female president of her country, politician Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović also became the youngest Croatian to assume presidency, at 46. The former Fulbright scholar made headlines during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when she went to Russia in economy class to cheer her team.

 6 Mario Mandžukić

Mario Mandžukić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Croatian footballer
Birthdate: May 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Slavonski Brod

 7 Goran Ivanisevic

Goran Ivanisevic.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
The first Croat to win a Wimbledon men’s singles, Goran Ivanisevic also remains the only player to win the title on a wild card. His rankings improved dramatically from 125th to 16th after his Wimbledon triumph in 2001. Interestingly, the tennis star is also a skilled football player.
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 8 Davor Šuker

Davor Šuker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Osijek

 9 Toni Kukoč

Toni Kukoč
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Split, Croatia

 10 Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zenica, Bosnia

Following his 6-year stint with Liverpool, Croatian footballer Dejan Lovren has now moved to Russia to captain Zenit Saint Petersburg. He spent his early childhood in the war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina and then escaped to Germany and eventually to Croatia. He led Croatia to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

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 11 Ivan Perisic

Ivan Perisic
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Split

 12 Mateo Kovačić

Mateo Kovačić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Linz, Austria

 13 Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner.
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Famous As: Philosopher, social reformer, architect and esotericist
Birthdate: February 25, 1861
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Donji Kraljevec, Croatia
Died: March 30, 1925

Austrian philosopher and architect and Rudolf Steiner gained fame as a literary critic and published works such as The Philosophy of Freedom. His interests included esotericism and clairvoyance. He termed his work spiritual science. He designed the Goetheanum and also laid down concepts such as Waldorf education and biodynamic agriculture.

 14 Dražen Petrović

Dražen Petrović
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Šibenik, Croatia
Died: June 7, 1993

 15 Stjepan Hauser

Stjepan Hauser
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: June 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pula, Croatia

 16 Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Šibenik, Socialist Republic of Croatia SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia small (now Croatia)

 17 Tamara Ecclestone

Tamara Ecclestone
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

 18 Nikola Kalinić

Nikola Kalinić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Solin

 19 Bojan Bogdanović

Bojan Bogdanović
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 20 Dario Šarić

Dario Šarić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Šibenik, Croatia

 21 Donna Vekic

Donna Vekic
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia

 22 Siniša Mihajlović

Siniša Mihajlović
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vukovar

 23 Domagoj Vida

Domagoj Vida
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Croatian footballer
Birthdate: April 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Našice, Croatia

 24 Slavica Ecclestone

Slavica Ecclestone.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model, Ex-Wife of Bernie Ecclestone
Birthdate: June 2, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rijeka, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia

Slavica Ecclestone is a Croatian model best known for her association with Armani during her early career. She achieved international recognition after marrying British business magnate Bernie Ecclestone, who is 28 years older than Slavica. They married despite many differences, including a difference in height and language barrier, which attracted the attention of the media all over the world.

 25 Dragan Bender

Dragan Bender
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Čapljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 26 Ivica Zubac

Ivica Zubac
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 27 Mario Hezonja

Mario Hezonja
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dubrovnik, Croatia

 28 Marko Pjaca

Marko Pjaca
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Croatian footballer
Birthdate: May 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zagreb

 29 Ivo Karlović

Ivo Karlović
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

 30 Niko Kranjčar

Niko Kranjčar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zagreb

 31 Ante Pavelić

Ante Pavelić
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 14, 1889
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Konjic
Died: December 28, 1959

 32 Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Died: January 20, 2021

 33 Darijo Srna

Darijo Srna
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Croatian footballer
Birthdate: May 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Metković

 34 Nikolai Volkoff

Nikolai Volkoff
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: October 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: July 29, 2018

 35 Oja Kodar

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1941 AD
Birthplace: Dubrava kraj Zagreba, Croatia, Yugoslavia [now Croatia]

Oja Kodar is a Croatian actress, director, and screenwriter. Kodar's professional achievements are often overshadowed by her relationship with legendary American actor and filmmaker, Orson Welles. Kodar's relationship with Welles during the latter's final years was sensationalized by the media as the actor was still married to Paola Mori. Kodar’s early career as an actress mostly revolved around Welles' projects.

 36 Borna Ćorić

Borna Ćorić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

 37 Robert Prosinečki

Robert Prosinečki
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Listed In:
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Villingen-Schwenningen

 38 Steve Bacic

Steve Bacic
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Listed In:
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lisicic, Croatia

 39 Ante Žižić

Ante Žižić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Split, Croatia

 40 Luka Sulic

Luka Sulic
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maribor,

 41 Ivica Olić

Ivica Olić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Croatian footballer
Birthdate: September 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Davor

 42 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dortmund, West Germany

 43 Zvonimir Boban

Zvonimir Boban
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Imotski

 44 Jakov Kitarović

Jakov Kitarović
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: October 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rijeka, Croatia

 45 Goran Bogdan

Goran Bogdan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Široki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 46 Valens

Valens
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0328 AD
Birthplace: Vinkovci
Died: August 9, 0378

 47 Satoshi Ishii

Satoshi Ishii
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan

 48 Maximian

Maximian
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0250 AD
Birthplace: Sirmium, Yugoslavia
Died: July 11, 0310

 49 Luka Peros

Luka Peros
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia

 50 Milan Badelj

Milan Badelj
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Croatian footballer
Birthdate: February 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zagreb