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.

07 November 1996

Rudolf SteinerRudolf Steiner
(Philosopher, social reformer, architect and esotericist)

25 February 1861

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti

28 February 1940

Dejan LovrenDejan Lovren

05 July 1989

Slavica EcclestoneSlavica Ecclestone
(Model, Ex-Wife of Bernie Ecclestone)

02 June 1958

Theodor BillrothTheodor Billroth

26 April 1829

Goran IvanisevicGoran Ivanisevic
(Tennis Player)

13 September 1971

Slava RaskajSlava Raškaj

02 January 1877

Anton HausAnton Haus
(Naval officer)

13 June 1851

Kolinda Grabar-KitarovićKolinda Grabar-Kitarović
(Fourth President of Croatia)

29 April 1968

Herman PotočnikHerman Potočnik

22 December 1892

Ivan MeštrovićIvan Meštrović

15 August 1883

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Franjo RačkiFranjo Rački

25 November 1828

Emanuel VidovićEmanuel Vidović

24 December 1870

Davor GerbusDavor Gerbus

18 November 1997

Davor ŠukerDavor Šuker

01 January 1968

Eduardo da SilvaEduardo da Silva
(Brazilian-Croatian footballer)

25 February 1983

Domagoj VidaDomagoj Vida
(Croatian footballer)

29 April 1989

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Darijo SrnaDarijo Srna
(Croatian footballer)

01 May 1982

Mira FurlanMira Furlan

07 September 1955

Marko PjacaMarko Pjaca
(Croatian footballer)

06 May 1995


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Marko RogMarko Rog
(Croatian footballer)

19 July 1995

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Zvonimir BobanZvonimir Boban

08 October 1968

János KádárJános Kádár

26 May 1912

Igor TudorIgor Tudor
(Croatian football manager)

16 April 1978

Milan BadeljMilan Badelj
(Croatian footballer)

25 February 1989

Dado PršoDado Pršo

05 November 1974

Tin JedvajTin Jedvaj

28 November 1995

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0420 AD

Roger Joseph BoscovichRoger Joseph Boscovich

Pope CaiusPope Caius

Stipe PletikosaStipe Pletikosa

08 January 1979

Mary of HungaryMary of Hungary

1371 AD

Ivo SanaderIvo Sanader
(Politician, Prime Minister)

08 June 1953

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Saint MarinusSaint Marinus
(Stonemason, Saint)

0275 AD

Jadranka KosorJadranka Kosor
(Politician, Journalist)

01 July 1953

Luigi DallapiccolaLuigi Dallapiccola
(Italian composer)

03 February 1904

Danijel LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja

04 September 1978

Ivan PerisicIvan Perisic

02 February 1989


19 August 0232

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Ivica VasticIvica Vastic
(Football midfielder)

29 September 1969

Andrija MohorovičićAndrija Mohorovičić

23 January 1857

Ante PavelićAnte Pavelić

14 July 1889

Blanka VlašićBlanka Vlašić

08 November 1983

Dario ŠimićDario Šimić
(Football player)

12 November 1975

Dražen PetrovićDražen Petrović
(Basketball player)

22 October 1964

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Franjo TuđmanFranjo Tuđman
(Former President of Croatia)

14 May 1922

Ivica OlićIvica Olić
(Croatian footballer)

14 September 1979

Ivo JosipovićIvo Josipović

28 August 1957

Ivo KarlovićIvo Karlović
(Croatian tennis player)

28 February 1979

Janica KostelićJanica Kostelić
(Alpine ski racer)

05 January 1982

Lavoslav RužičkaLavoslav Ružička
(Croatian-Swiss scientist)

13 September 1887

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Luka ModrićLuka Modrić

09 September 1985

Mario AnčićMario Ančić
(Tennis player)

30 March 1984

Mario MandžukićMario Mandžukić
(Croatian footballer)

21 May 1986

Milutin MilankovićMilutin Milanković
(Mathematician,Astronomer, Climatologist, Geophysicist, Civil engineer)

28 May 1879

Niko KranjčarNiko Kranjčar

13 August 1984

Nikola KalinićNikola Kalinić

05 January 1988

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Ognjen VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević

20 December 1983

Predrag StojakovićPredrag Stojaković
(Basketball player)

09 June 1977

Robert KovačRobert Kovač

06 April 1974

Robert ProsinečkiRobert Prosinečki

12 January 1969

Siniša MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović

20 February 1969

Stjepan MesićStjepan Mesić

24 December 1934

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Toni KukočToni Kukoč
(Basketball player)

18 September 1968