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

Slavica EcclestoneSlavica Ecclestone
02 June 1958
Model, Ex-Wife of Bernie Ecclestone

Kolinda Grabar-KitarovićKolinda Grabar-Kitarović
29 April 1968
Fourth President of Croatia
Dejan LovrenDejan Lovren
05 July 1989
Footballer

Oja KodarOja Kodar
1941 AD
Actress

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

Goran IvanisevicGoran Ivanisevic
13 September 1971
Tennis Player

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

Toni KukočToni Kukoč
18 September 1968
Basketball player

Stjepan HauserStjepan Hauser
15 June 1986
Cellist

Dražen PetrovićDražen Petrović
22 October 1964
Basketball player
Davor ŠukerDavor Šuker
01 January 1968
Footballer

Mario MandžukićMario Mandžukić
21 May 1986
Croatian footballer
Tamara EcclestoneTamara Ecclestone
28 June 1984
Model

Siniša MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
20 February 1969
Footballer

Robert ProsinečkiRobert Prosinečki
12 January 1969
Footballer
Ante PavelićAnte Pavelić
14 July 1889
Author

Zvonimir BobanZvonimir Boban
08 October 1968
Footballer
Eduardo da SilvaEduardo da Silva
25 February 1983
Brazilian-Croatian footballer

Darijo SrnaDarijo Srna
01 May 1982
Croatian footballer

Niko KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
13 August 1984
Footballer
Nikola KalinićNikola Kalinić
05 January 1988
Footballer

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Ivica OlićIvica Olić
14 September 1979
Croatian footballer
Steve BacicSteve Bacic
13 March 1965
Actor

Dado PršoDado Pršo
05 November 1974
Footballer

Franjo TuđmanFranjo Tuđman
14 May 1922
Former President of Croatia

MaximianMaximian
0250 AD
 
ValensValens
0328 AD
Emperor
Mira FurlanMira Furlan
07 September 1955
Actress

Domagoj VidaDomagoj Vida
29 April 1989
Croatian footballer

János KádárJános Kádár
26 May 1912
political

Marko PjacaMarko Pjaca
06 May 1995
Croatian footballer
Igor TudorIgor Tudor
16 April 1978
Croatian football manager

Stjepan MesićStjepan Mesić
24 December 1934
President

Dario ŠimićDario Šimić
12 November 1975
Football player

Robert KovačRobert Kovač
06 April 1974
Footballer

Milutin MilankovićMilutin Milanković
28 May 1879
Mathematician
GlyceriusGlycerius
0420 AD
Emperor

Ivo KarlovićIvo Karlović
28 February 1979
Croatian tennis player
Tin JedvajTin Jedvaj
28 November 1995
Footballer

Roger Joseph BoscovichRoger Joseph Boscovich
18 May 1711
Physicist

Goran VisnjicGoran Visnjic
09 September 1972
Actor
Miroslav KrležaMiroslav Krleža
07 July 1893
Croatian author

Stipe PletikosaStipe Pletikosa
08 January 1979
Footballer
Milan BadeljMilan Badelj
25 February 1989
Croatian footballer

Blanka VlašićBlanka Vlašić
08 November 1983
Athlete

Franz von SuppéFranz von Suppé
18 April 1819
Composer

Pope CaiusPope Caius
 

Stjepan RadićStjepan Radić
11 June 1871
Political
Marko RogMarko Rog
19 July 1995
Croatian footballer

Janica KostelićJanica Kostelić
05 January 1982
Alpine ski racer

Ivo JosipovićIvo Josipović
28 August 1957
President

Saint MarinusSaint Marinus
0275 AD
Stonemason, Saint
Ivan GundulićIvan Gundulić
08 January 1589
Poet

Mario AnčićMario Ančić
30 March 1984
Tennis player
Michael Anthony BilandicMichael Anthony Bilandic
13 February 1923
Politician

Danijel LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
04 September 1978
Footballer

Vladko MačekVladko Maček
20 June 1879
Politician
Ivo SanaderIvo Sanader
08 June 1953
Politician, Prime Minister

Ivica RačanIvica Račan
24 February 1944
Politician
Leo SternbachLeo Sternbach
07 May 1908
Chemist

Janko BobetkoJanko Bobetko
10 January 1919
Military general

Jadranka KosorJadranka Kosor
01 July 1953
Politician, Journalist
Gojko ŠušakGojko Šušak
16 March 1945
Politician

Josip Juraj StrossmayerJosip Juraj Strossmayer
04 February 1815
Politician
Andrija MohorovičićAndrija Mohorovičić
23 January 1857
Meteorologist

Pavle, Serbian PatriarchPavle, Serbian Patriarch
11 September 1914
Spiritual Leader

August ŠenoaAugust Šenoa
14 November 1838
Novelist

Miklós ZrínyiMiklós Zrínyi
05 January 1620
Military Leader
Luigi DallapiccolaLuigi Dallapiccola
03 February 1904
Italian composer
Ottavio MissoniOttavio Missoni
11 February 1921
Italian fashion designer

Matthias FlaciusMatthias Flacius
03 March 1520
Theologian

Predrag StojakovićPredrag Stojaković
09 June 1977
Basketball player

Ognjen VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
20 December 1983
Footballer
Mila SchönMila Schön
28 September 1916
Fashion Designer

Ante TrumbićAnte Trumbić
17 May 1864
Lawyer

Jean LindenmannJean Lindenmann
18 September 1924
Virologist

Svetozar PribićevićSvetozar Pribićević
26 October 1875
Politician

Francesco LauranaFrancesco Laurana
1430 AD
Italian sculptor
Franjo ŠeperFranjo Šeper
02 October 1905
Cardinal

Frano SupiloFrano Supilo
30 November 1870
Politician
Mia SlavenskaMia Slavenska
20 February 1916
Ballerina

Petar HektorovićPetar Hektorović
1487 AD
Poet
Ivan PerisicIvan Perisic
02 February 1989
Footballer
Lavoslav RužičkaLavoslav Ružička
13 September 1887
Croatian-Swiss scientist