Famous Slovak Leaders

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Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe that is bordered by Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. The country is a parliamentary democratic republic with the President as the head of the state and Commander in chief of the armed forces. However, the office of the President is largely ceremonial and much of the executive powers lay with the Prime Minister who serves as the head of the government. Ever since its independence, Slovakia has had numerous leaders who have helped in the advancement of the country. They have helped Slovakia gain independence and become a high-income advanced economy that it is today. Some of the important leaders of the country include Michal Kováč, Vladimir Meciar, Rudolf Schuster, Ivan Gašparovič and so on. Iveta Radicova was the first women Prime minister of Slovakia. Current day Slovakia is run under the government of Robert Fico, the incumbent Prime Minister of Slovakia with Andrej Kiska as the incumbent President. Check out this section to get details about the life and works of famous Slovak leaders.
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Zuzana Čaputová
(The First Woman to be Elected as the President of Slovakia.)
Zuzana Čaputová
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Birthdate: June 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Zuzana Čaputová is a Slovak politician, environmental activist, and lawyer. In 2019, Čaputová became the first woman to be elected as the President of Slovakia. She also became the youngest Slovak president of all time as she was 45 years old when she was elected. In 2020, Zuzana Čaputová was included in Forbes magazine's World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.

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Alexander Dubcek
(Politician)
Alexander Dubcek
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Birthdate: November 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uhrovec
Died: November 7, 1992

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Alexander Dubček, was no stranger to politics as a child, being the son of a Communist Party member. He resisted the Nazi occupation, while his liberal policies later led Soviet authorities to invade Czechoslovakia. He eventually died in a car crash.

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Jozef Tiso
(President of the Slovak Republic (1939 – 1945))
Jozef Tiso
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Birthdate: October 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bytča, Slovakia
Died: April 18, 1947

Jozef Tiso was a Slovak politician best remembered for his service as the president of the Slovak State from 1939 to 1945. The Slovak State was a client state of German Reich during World War II. After the war, Jozef Tiso was executed for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Bratislava.

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Andrej Kiska
(4th President of Slovakia)
Andrej Kiska
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Birthdate: February 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Poprad, Slovakia

Andrej Kiska is a Slovak politician, entrepreneur, writer, and philanthropist. He became the 4th president of Slovakia in 2014 after running as an independent candidate in the 2014 presidential election. He was popular as the president, and polls in 2018 indicated that he was Slovakia's most trusted politician. He is the author of two books about happiness, success, and life. 

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Robert Fico
(Prime Minister of Slovakia (2006 – 2010 , 2012 – 2018))
Robert Fico
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Birthdate: September 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Topoľčany

Robert Fico is a Slovak politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Slovakia on two occasions; he held the prime minister's office from 2006 to 2010 and again from 2012 until his resignation in 2018. Robert Fico is currently serving as a member of the National Council. 

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Gustáv Husák
(Slovak Politician)
Gustáv Husák
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Birthdate: January 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dúbravka, Bratislava
Died: November 18, 1991
Gustáv Husák had been the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and had also served as his country’s president. A practicing lawyer, he brought about several reforms in his post-Prague Spring administration, doing away with excessive liberalism. He was a three-time Hero of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.
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Milan Rastislav Štefánik
(One of the Founding Fathers of Czechoslovakia)
Milan Rastislav Štefánik
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Birthdate: July 21, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Košariská, Slovakia
Died: May 4, 1919

Milan Rastislav Štefánik was a Slovak politician, diplomat, aviator, and Freemason. He served as the minister of war for Czechoslovakia during World War I while simultaneously serving as a general in the French Army. He was a  leading member of the Czechoslovak National Council and contributed to the cause of Czechoslovakian sovereignty. He died in a plane crash in 1919.  

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Ľudovít Štúr
(Revolutionary Politician and an Important Figure in Slovak History)
Ľudovít Štúr
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Birthdate: October 28, 1815
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uhrovec, Slovakia
Died: January 12, 1856

Slovak author and politician Ľudovít Štúr was a major figure of the 19th-century Slovak national revival. He had started writing poems as a teenager and had also penned The Theory of the Slovak Language. He was also part of the Hungarian Assembly. He later accidentally shot himself during a hunt.

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Milan Kňažko
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Birthdate: August 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Horné Plachtince, Slovakia

Slovak politician Milan Kňažko, who has been associated with the Public against Violence movement and the Velvet Revolution, or Gentle Revolution, is also a fine actor. He is known for his appearances in films such as the Czech movie Devět kruhů pekla and the American horror flick Hostel: Part II.

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Andrej Hlinka
(Slovak Catholic Priest, Politician and Activist)
Andrej Hlinka
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Birthdate: September 27, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Černová, Ružomberok, Slovakia
Died: August 16, 1938

Slovak Catholic priest Andrej Hlinka was a major part of the Slovak opposition to the Czechoslovak government. He co-founded the Slovak People’s Party and was part of the National Assembly of Czechoslovakia. He is now regarded as a Slovak patriot and was also featured on Slovak currency, before the introduction of the Euro.

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Vladimír Mečiar
(Politician)
Vladimír Mečiar
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Birthdate: July 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zvolen

Vladimír Mečiar is a Slovak politician who played a major role during the disunion of Czechoslovakia in 1992–93. Mečiar served as the prime minister of Slovakia on three occasions. He also served as the country's president for a short period of time in 1998. Known for his autocratic style of administration, Mečiar has been criticized by Western political organizations.

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Ivan Gašparovič
(Former President of Slovakia)
Ivan Gašparovič
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Birthdate: March 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poltár

Ivan Gašparovič is a Slovak lawyer and politician who served as the third president of his country from 2004 to 2014. Since he had already served as an acting president for a few months in 1998, Gašparovič became the first president to be re-elected in Slovakia when he won the presidential elections in 2004.

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Anton Hrnko
(Slovak Historian and Politician Best Known for His Book, 'Slovak History from Dawn to Present')
Anton Hrnko
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Birthdate: January 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Žilina, Slovakia

Anton Hrnko is a Slovak politician and historian best known for his book, Slovak history from dawn to present. A long-time associate of the Slovak National Party, Anton Hrnko is currently serving as a member of the National Council.

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Michal Kováč
(The First President of Slovakia (1993 – 1998))
Michal Kováč
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Birthdate: August 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ľubiša

Michal Kováč was a Slovak political figure who served as the first President of Slovakia from 1993 to 1998. He also served as the Finance Minister of Slovak Federal Republic from 1989 to 1991, a phase marked by the Velvet Revolution. Michal Kováč is also credited with co-founding a national-populist political party called The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia.

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Mikuláš Dzurinda
(Prime Minister of Slovakia (1998 – 2006))
Mikuláš Dzurinda
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Birthdate: February 4, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spišský Štvrtok

Mikuláš Dzurinda is a Slovak politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Slovakia from 1998 to 2006. He is credited with founding and leading important political parties, such as Slovak Democratic Coalition and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union. Mikuláš Dzurinda also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2012.

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Iveta Radičová
(First Woman Prime Minister of Slovakia (2010 - 2012))
Iveta Radičová
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Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Iveta Radičová is a Slovak retired politician best known for her service as the Prime Minister of Slovakia from 8 July 2010 to 4 April 2012. Apart from her service as the first woman prime minister of her country, Iveta Radičová also served as the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Defence between 2005 and 2012.  

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Vladimír Clementis
(Former Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia)
Vladimír Clementis
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Birthdate: September 20, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tisovec, Slovakia
Died: December 3, 1952

Vladimír Clementis was a Slovak minister, lawyer, politician, publicist, author, and literary critic. An important member of the famous Czechoslovak Communist Party, Clementis served as the Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia from 1948 to 1950. As the Foreign Minister, Vladimír Clementis played a decisive role in involving Czechoslovakia in Operation Balak to help the newly founded Israel and its Air Force.

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Ibrahim Maiga
(Slovak Singer and Comedian Popular for His Infectious Humor and Songs about his Birthplace Mali.)
Ibrahim Maiga
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Birthdate: January 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mopti, Mali

Ibrahim Maiga is a Slovak singer, comedian, actor, and politician. Maiga achieved popularity in Slovakia as a comedian and singer; his infectious humor and songs about his birthplace Mali has made him a celebrity in Slovakia. Ibrahim Maiga started his political career in 2009 and has since focused more on his political career.

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Lucia Duris Nicholsonova
(Slovak Politician and Member of the European Parliament)
Lucia Duris Nicholsonova
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Birthdate: November 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)

Lucia Duris Nicholsonova is a Slovak politician and former journalist. In 2019, Ďuriš Nicholsonová started serving as a Member of the European Parliament after having served as the Deputy speaker of National Council from 2016 to 2019. Lucia Duris Nicholsonova also served as the State secretary of Ministry of labour from 2010 to 2012. 

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Maria Kolikova
(Interim Minister of Justice of the Slovak Republic)
Maria Kolikova
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Birthdate: August 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dunajská Streda, Slovakia

Mária Kolíková is a Slovak political figure and the current Minister of Justice of the Slovak Republic. She is best known for her efforts aimed at reforming the judiciary system by reducing corruption and revamping public trust in the judiciary.

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Denisa Sakova
(Minister of Interior of Slovakia (2018 – 2020))
Denisa Sakova
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Birthdate: April 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nitra, Slovakia

Denisa Saková is a Slovak politician who served as the Minister of Interior of Slovakia from 2018 to 2020. Prior to her political career, Saková worked in the IT industry for various companies like Cap Gemini and Ernst & Young.

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Miriam Lexmann
(Slovak Politician and a Member of the European Parliament)
Miriam Lexmann
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Birthdate: December 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Miriam Lexmann is a Slovak politician and a member of the European Parliament. A long-time member of the Christian Democratic Movement, Lexmann represented her party at the European Parliament election in 2019. Miriam Lexmann has also worked with the American nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, International Republican Institute. 

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Vasiľ Biľak
(Former Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia)
Vasiľ Biľak
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Birthdate: August 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Krajná Bystrá, Slovakia
Died: February 6, 2014

Vasiľ Biľak was a Slovak politician who served as a prominent member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. Biľak had great influence on the ideology of the party as well as the foreign policy. Vasiľ Biľak is best remembered for his involvement in the signing of the invitation letter for the armies of the countries involved in The Warsaw Pact.

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Anna Zaborska
(Politician)
Anna Zaborska
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Birthdate: June 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

A qualified doctor, Slovak politician Anna Zaborska had a medical career spanning over 2 decades and now leads the Christian Union party. She has been a member of the European Parliament and is known for her strong views against abortion. In late 2021, she became the Slovak government’s representative for religious freedom.

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Romana Tabak
(Tennis Player & Politician)
Romana Tabak
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Birthdate: May 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Romana Tabak is a Slovak politician and retired tennis player. Tabak won six singles titles and five doubles titles on the ITF Women's World Tennis Tour before retiring as a player to focus on her political career. Romana Tabak is currently a member of a political party named Ordinary People.

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Jozef Lenárt
(Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia from 1963 to 1968)
Jozef Lenárt
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Birthdate: April 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Slovakia
Died: February 11, 2004

Jozef Lenárt led Communist Czechoslovakia as its prime minister in the 1960s. Born into a poor Slovakian family, he worked as a technician at a Bata shoe factory before stepping into politics. He later served as the Speaker of the Slovak National Council and became a Czech citizen after Czechoslovakia split.

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Baron Max Hussarek von Heinlein
(Austrian Statesman Who Served as Cisleithania’s Penultimate Minister-president in the Final Stages of World War I)
Baron Max Hussarek von Heinlein
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Birthdate: May 3, 1865
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: March 6, 1935

Initially a professor of canon law, Baron Max Hussarek von Heinlein later stepped into politics. The Austrian politician led his country as its minister-president. He resigned after his proposal for autonomous states was rejected. He later returned to his academic career and also worked with the Austrian Red Cross.

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Monika Benova
(Politician)
Monika Benova
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Birthdate: August 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Slovak politician Monika Benova headed several companies in her early days, including a pro-government radio station named Radio Koliba. She represents Slovakia in the European Parliament and has been part of high-level committees on harassment complaints and gender equality. In 2006, she lost in the run for the mayorship of Bratislava.