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: Football Player
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 Mirko Cro Cop

Mirko Cro Cop
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vinkovci, Croatia

 3 Goran Ivanisevic

Goran Ivanisevic
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
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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 4 Davor Šuker

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

 5 Mario Mandžukić

Mario Mandžukić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Slavonski Brod, Croatia

 6 Ivan Rakitić

Ivan Rakitić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rheinfelden, Switzerland

Popular Croatian central midfielder Ivan Rakitić now represents FC Barcelona. Though born in Switzerland, the talented footballer has never played for the country. Known for his energy on the field, he was instrumental in taking his team to the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 7 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Croatia (2015-2020)
Birthdate: April 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rijeka, Croatia
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.
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 8 Marin Čilić

Marin Čilić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Čilić has won 20 ATP Tour singles Titles
Birthdate: September 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Međugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 9 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

 10 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

 11 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

 12 Ivan Perisic

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

 13 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)

 14 Stjepan Hauser

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

 15 Niko Kovač

Niko Kovač
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Retired soccer star remembered for being the longtime captain of the Croatian national team
Birthdate: October 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 16 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.

 17 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

 18 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, Croatia

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.

 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 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

 21 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

 22 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

 23 Darijo Srna

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

 24 Mario Pašalić

Mario Pašalić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football central midfielder
Birthdate: February 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany

 25 Oja Kodar

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.

 26 Tamara Ecclestone

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

 27 Ivica Olić

Ivica Olić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Davor, Croatia

 28 Nikola Kalinić

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

 29 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

 30 Niko Kranjčar

Niko Kranjčar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player - Attacking midfielder
Birthdate: August 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

 31 Siniša Mihajlović

Siniša Mihajlović
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football manager and former footballer, who is the manager of Serie A club Bologna
Birthdate: February 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vukovar, Croatia

 32 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

 33 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

 34 Luka Sulic

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

 35 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

 36 Probus

Probus
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: August 19, 0232
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sirmium
Died: August 31, 0282

 37 Maximian

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

 38 Franjo Tudjman

Franjo Tudjman
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Veliko Trgovišće, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Died: December 10, 1999

 39 Zvonimir Boban

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

 40 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

 41 Ivo Andric

Ivo Andric
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 10, 1892
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dolac, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: March 13, 1975

Ivo Andric was a Yugoslav short story writer, poet, and novelist. Andric won the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature after the Nobel Committee chose him over writers like Robert Frost, E. M. Forster, John Steinbeck, and J. R. R. Tolkien. After receiving the award, Andric's works were translated into several languages as they found an international audience.

 42 Marko Pjaca

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

 43 Milan Badelj

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

 44 Luka Šamanić

Luka Šamanić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

 45 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

 46 Edin Terzić

Edin Terzić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football coach and Former player
Birthdate: October 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Menden, Germany

 47 Robert Prosinečki

Robert Prosinečki
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Midfielder and manager
Birthdate: January 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Villingen-Schwenningen Schwenningen, West Germany

 48 Blanka Vlašić

Blanka Vlašić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former track and field athlete
Birthdate: November 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Split, Croatia

 49 Dino Rađa

Dino Rađa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Split, Croatia

 50 Petra Martić

Petra Martić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Split, Croatia