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
07 November 1996
Singer
Luka ModrićLuka Modrić
09 September 1985
Footballer

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti
28 February 1940
 

Rudolf SteinerRudolf Steiner
25 February 1861
Philosopher, social reformer, architect and

Dejan LovrenDejan Lovren
05 July 1989
Footballer

Kolinda Grabar-KitarovićKolinda Grabar-Kitarović
29 April 1968
Fourth President of Croatia
Oja KodarOja Kodar
1941 AD
Actress

Goran IvanisevicGoran Ivanisevic
13 September 1971
Tennis Player

Slavica EcclestoneSlavica Ecclestone
02 June 1958
Model, Ex-Wife of Bernie Ecclestone
Ivan MeštrovićIvan Meštrović
15 August 1883
Sculptor

Herman PotočnikHerman Potočnik
22 December 1892
Engineer
Theodor BillrothTheodor Billroth
26 April 1829
Surgeon

Slava RaskajSlava Raškaj
02 January 1877
Painter

Anton HausAnton Haus
13 June 1851
Naval officer

Franjo RačkiFranjo Rački
25 November 1828
Historian

Emanuel VidovićEmanuel Vidović
24 December 1870
Artist
Davor GerbusDavor Gerbus
18 November 1997
YouTuber

Stjepan HauserStjepan Hauser
15 June 1986
Cellist

Goran VisnjicGoran Visnjic
09 September 1972
Actor

Mario MandžukićMario Mandžukić
21 May 1986
Croatian footballer
Mirko Cro CopMirko Cro Cop
10 September 1974
Mixed martial artist

Ivan RakitićIvan Rakitić
10 March 1988
Football player
Ivan PerisicIvan Perisic
02 February 1989
Footballer

Dražen PetrovićDražen Petrović
22 October 1964
Basketball player

Toni KukočToni Kukoč
18 September 1968
Basketball player
Mateo KovačićMateo Kovačić
06 May 1994
Football player

Davor ŠukerDavor Šuker
01 January 1968
Footballer
Siniša MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
20 February 1969
Footballer

Tamara EcclestoneTamara Ecclestone
28 June 1984
Model

Ante PavelićAnte Pavelić
14 July 1889
Author
Steve BacicSteve Bacic
13 March 1965
Actor

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Predrag StojakovićPredrag Stojaković
09 June 1977
Basketball player
Robert ProsinečkiRobert Prosinečki
12 January 1969
Footballer

Nikolai VolkoffNikolai Volkoff
14 October 1947
Professional wrestler

Nikola KalinićNikola Kalinić
05 January 1988
Footballer

Eduardo da SilvaEduardo da Silva
25 February 1983
Brazilian-Croatian footballer
Luka SulicLuka Sulic
25 August 1987
Cellist
Franjo TudjmanFranjo Tudjman
14 May 1922
Politician

Franjo TuđmanFranjo Tuđman
14 May 1922
Former President of Croatia

ValensValens
0328 AD
Emperor

Domagoj VidaDomagoj Vida
29 April 1989
Croatian footballer
ProbusProbus
19 August 0232
Emperor

MaximianMaximian
0250 AD
 

Darijo SrnaDarijo Srna
01 May 1982
Croatian footballer

Niko KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
13 August 1984
Footballer

Zvonimir BobanZvonimir Boban
08 October 1968
Footballer
Mira FurlanMira Furlan
07 September 1955
Actress

János KádárJános Kádár
26 May 1912
political
Pavle, Serbian PatriarchPavle, Serbian Patriarch
11 September 1914
Spiritual Leader

Marko PjacaMarko Pjaca
06 May 1995
Croatian footballer

Ivica OlićIvica Olić
14 September 1979
Croatian footballer
Igor TudorIgor Tudor
16 April 1978
Croatian football manager

Ivo KarlovićIvo Karlović
28 February 1979
Croatian tennis player
Dado PršoDado Pršo
05 November 1974
Footballer

Sylva KoscinaSylva Koscina
22 August 1933
Actress

Stjepan MesićStjepan Mesić
24 December 1934
President

GlyceriusGlycerius
0420 AD
Emperor

Milutin MilankovićMilutin Milanković
28 May 1879
Mathematician
Tin JedvajTin Jedvaj
28 November 1995
Footballer

Marko RogMarko Rog
19 July 1995
Croatian footballer

Milan BadeljMilan Badelj
25 February 1989
Croatian footballer

Dario ŠimićDario Šimić
12 November 1975
Football player
Blanka VlašićBlanka Vlašić
08 November 1983
Athlete

Janica KostelićJanica Kostelić
05 January 1982
Alpine ski racer
Josip JelačićJosip Jelačić
16 October 1801
Politician

Ladislaus I of HungaryLadislaus I of Hungary
27 June 1046
King

Robert KovačRobert Kovač
06 April 1974
Footballer
Ante MarkovicAnte Markovic
25 November 1924
Businessman

Roger Joseph BoscovichRoger Joseph Boscovich
18 May 1711
Physicist
Michael Anthony BilandicMichael Anthony Bilandic
13 February 1923
Politician

Stjepan RadićStjepan Radić
11 June 1871
Political

Vladimir BearaVladimir Beara
26 August 1928
Goalkeeper
Ivica KostelićIvica Kostelić
23 November 1979
Alpine skier

Franz von SuppéFranz von Suppé
18 April 1819
Composer
Stipe PletikosaStipe Pletikosa
08 January 1979
Footballer

Pope CaiusPope Caius
 

Saint GaiusSaint Gaius
0245 AD
Saint

Ivo SanaderIvo Sanader
08 June 1953
Politician, Prime Minister
Dinko ŠakićDinko Šakić
08 September 1921
Official
Mario AnčićMario Ančić
30 March 1984
Tennis player

Saint MarinusSaint Marinus
0275 AD
Stonemason, Saint

Ivo JosipovićIvo Josipović
28 August 1957
President

Miroslav KrležaMiroslav Krleža
07 July 1893
Croatian author
Andrija MohorovičićAndrija Mohorovičić
23 January 1857
Meteorologist

Joanna II of NaplesJoanna II of Naples
25 June 1371
Queen

Leo SternbachLeo Sternbach
07 May 1908
Chemist

Ivan GundulićIvan Gundulić
08 January 1589
Poet

Jadranka KosorJadranka Kosor
01 July 1953
Politician, Journalist
Janko BobetkoJanko Bobetko
10 January 1919
Military general

Vladko MačekVladko Maček
20 June 1879
Politician
Luigi DallapiccolaLuigi Dallapiccola
03 February 1904
Italian composer

Fritzie ZivicFritzie Zivic
08 May 1913
Boxer
Stipe ErcegStipe Erceg
30 October 1974
Actor
Ivica RačanIvica Račan
24 February 1944
Politician