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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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Luka Modrić
(Football Player)
Luka Modrić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.
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Mirko Cro Cop
(Mixed martial artist)
Mirko Cro Cop
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vinkovci, Croatia
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Goran Ivanisevic
(Former Croatian Tennis Player, Coach and Only Player to Have Won a Wimbledon Singles Title as a Wildcard)
Goran Ivanisevic
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Davor Šuker
(Footballer)
Davor Šuker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Osijek
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Robert Herjavec
(Investor & Founder of ‘The Herjavec Group’, One of the Largest IT & Computer Security Companies in Canada)
Robert Herjavec
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Birthdate: September 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varaždin, Croatia
Investor Robert Herjavec founded the internet security software BRAK Systems, which he later sold to AT&T. He also established the Herjavec Group and turned it into one of Canada’s biggest IT security firms. He has also appeared in Dragons' Den and Shark Tank, and has authored several business books.
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Mario Mandžukić
(Football player)
Mario Mandžukić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Slavonski Brod, Croatia
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Ivan Rakitić
(Football player)
Ivan Rakitić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Ivan Perisic
(Footballer)
Ivan Perisic
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Split
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Mateo Kovačić
(Football player)
Mateo Kovačić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Linz, Austria
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Toni Kukoč
(Basketball player)
Toni Kukoč
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
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Dražen Petrović
(Basketball player)
Dražen Petrović
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Šibenik, Croatia
Died: June 7, 1993
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Marin Čilić
(Čilić has won 20 ATP Tour singles Titles)
Marin Čilić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Međugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Stjepan Hauser
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pula, Croatia
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Goran Visnjic
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Birthdate: September 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Šibenik, Socialist Republic of Croatia SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia small (now Croatia)
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Niko Kovač
(Retired soccer star remembered for being the longtime captain of the Croatian national team)
Niko Kovač
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
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Donna Vekic
(Tennis player)
Donna Vekic
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia
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Domagoj Vida
(Croatian footballer)
Domagoj Vida
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Našice, Croatia
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Slavica Ecclestone
(Croatian Model and Ex-Wife of Former Formula 1 CEO 'Bernie Ecclestone')
Slavica Ecclestone
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.

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Bojan Bogdanović
(Basketball player)
Bojan Bogdanović
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Mira Furlan
(Actress)
Mira Furlan
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Birthdate: September 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Died: January 20, 2021
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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
(President of Croatia (2015 - 2020))
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Dejan Lovren
(Footballer)
Dejan Lovren
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Ivica Zubac
(Basketball player)
Ivica Zubac
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Mario Hezonja
(Basketball player)
Mario Hezonja
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Oja Kodar
(Croatian Actress and Partner of Director Orson Welles)
Oja Kodar
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Birthdate: 1941 AD
Birthplace: Zagreb, 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.

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Darijo Srna
(Croatian footballer)
Darijo Srna
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Metković
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Luka Sulic
(Cellist)
Luka Sulic
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maribor,
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Tamara Ecclestone
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
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Mario Pašalić
(Football central midfielder)
Mario Pašalić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
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Ivica Olić
(Football player)
Ivica Olić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Davor, Croatia
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Nikola Kalinić
(Footballer striker)
Nikola Kalinić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Solin, Croatia
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Dario Šarić
(Basketball player)
Dario Šarić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Šibenik, Croatia
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Rade Šerbedžija
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Birthdate: July 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bunić, Croatia
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Siniša Mihajlović
(Football manager and former footballer, who is the manager of Serie A club Bologna)
Siniša Mihajlović
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vukovar, Croatia
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Probus
(Roman Emperor Who Was Killed in a Military Mutiny)
Probus
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 19, 0232
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sirmium
Died: August 31, 0282

Born to a Balkan military officer, Probus was initially a promising army man and later rose to be the Roman emperor. Though he allowed many tribes from outside his kingdom to settle in his land, his entire reign was spent fighting hostile campaigns by such tribes. He was killed in a military mutiny.

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Maximian
(Roman Emperor Who Hanged Himself to Death after His Campaign against Constantine Failed)
Maximian
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0250 AD
Birthplace: Sirmium, Yugoslavia
Died: July 11, 0310

Roman emperor Maximian, also known as Herculius, initially made a name for himself in the army. He followed Diocletian’s edict that ordered the Scriptures to be burnt and churches to be shut down. After his campaign against Constantine was suppressed, he committed suicide by hanging himself on Constantine’s orders.

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Franjo Tudjman
(The First President of Croatia and the Founder of the Croatian Democratic Union)
Franjo Tudjman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Veliko Trgovišće, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Died: December 10, 1999

The 1st president of Croatia, Franjo Tudjman is known for his efforts in helping his country gain independence from Yugoslavia. He was one of the youngest generals of the Yugoslav army in his early days but later got into trouble for his anti-government activities. He established the Croatian Democratic Union.

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Satoshi Ishii
(Mixed martial artist)
Satoshi Ishii
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan
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Zvonimir Boban
(Footballer)
Zvonimir Boban
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Imotski
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Edin Terzić
(Football coach and Former player)
Edin Terzić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Menden, Germany
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Agadmator
(Chess player, YouTuber)
Agadmator
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Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: June 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Križevci, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
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Ivo Andric
(Novelist, Poet & Short Story Writer Who Won the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Ivo Andric
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 9, 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.

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Nikolai Volkoff
(Professional wrestler)
Nikolai Volkoff
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: July 29, 2018
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Marko Pjaca
(Croatian footballer)
Marko Pjaca
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zagreb
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Luka Šamanić
(Basketball player)
Luka Šamanić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
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Borna Ćorić
(Tennis player)
Borna Ćorić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
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Milan Badelj
(Croatian footballer)
Milan Badelj
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zagreb
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Dino Rađa
(Basketball player)
Dino Rađa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
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Blanka Vlašić
(Former track and field athlete)
Blanka Vlašić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
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Niko Kranjčar
(Football player - Attacking midfielder)
Niko Kranjčar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia