Slovak

Tucked away somewhere in central Europe, the small, sleepy country of Slovakia is not one place that will casually pop up in your chai-time discussions or feature in your must-visit list unless a kith or kin recommends it to you. But dive into the pulsating biographies of famous Slovaks and you will start looking at this European country with renewed interest. That is right! Slovakia is more than the dramatic fortresses and craggy mountains that you would normally associate it with. Delve deep into its gene pool and you would find its St. Apostle Altar (which is, by the way, the highest gothic altar in the world!) infinitesimal before its rich human resources. From supermodels to hockey players and from kings to explorers, the land has sheltered some exceptional people who have bought great glories to their homeland. Read all about the famous Slovaks in the biographies and learn lesser-known facts and trivia about their lives from the timeline captured.

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 1 
Peter Sagan
(Bicycler)

Peter Sagan
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Žilina, Slovakia

Peter Sagan is a Slovak road bicycle racer. He is currently associated with Bora-Hansgrohe, a popular UCI WorldTeam. Widely regarded as one of cycling's greatest talents, Peter Sagan has won several prestigious championships over the course of his career. He has won UCI Road World Championships and European Championship among many other contests.

 2 
David Dobrik
(Youtuber)

David Dobrik
41
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: July 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kosice, Slovakia

Slovakia-born David Dobrik lives in America and is a very popular social media personality. His humorous videos on YouTube are a raging hit, especially among teenagers and the youth and his followers are in millions. He initially gained recognition as a teenager through six-second video clips on the now-defunct social media app Vine. 

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Marek Hamšík
(Footballer)

Marek Hamšík
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Banská Bystrica
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Zuzana Čaputová
(Politician)

Zuzana Čaputová
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 5 
Marián Hossa
(Ice hockey player)

Marián Hossa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stará Ľubovňa, Slovakia

 6 
Alexander Dubcek
(Politician)

Alexander Dubcek
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Rory Sabbatini
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Rory Sabbatini is a South African-Slovak golfer who won a silver medal for Slovakia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He has also represented South Africa in several World Cups. Between 2000 and 2011, Sabbatini had six PGA Tour wins under his belt.

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 8 
Daniela Hantuchová
(Tennis player)

Daniela Hantuchová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Poprad, Slovakia
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Adriana Karembeu
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brezno, Slovakia

Adriana Karembeu is a Slovak actress and fashion model. Karembeu, who achieved popularity by modeling for Victoria's Secret, went on to establish herself as an actress, appearing in many TV series. In 2009, she won the Vienna Fashion Award under the Style Icon category. She previously held the Guinness world record for having the longest legs for any female model.  

 10 
Lukáš Hrádecký
(Footballer)

Lukáš Hrádecký
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

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Cornel Wilde
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Birthdate: October 13, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prievidza, Hungary [now Slovakia]
Died: October 16, 1989

Starting his career with Broadway, Cornel Wilde later gained fame for his Academy Award-nominated role of Frédéric Chopin in A Song to Remember. Though he had made it to the US Olympic fencing team in 1936 and had also joined Columbia University to become a physician, he decided to focus on acting instead.

 12 
Marián Vajda
(Tennis coach)

Marián Vajda
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Považská Bystrica, Slovakia

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Barbara Nedeljáková
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Birthdate: May 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

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Attila Végh
(Mixed martial artist)

Attila Végh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dunajská Streda, Slovakia

 15 
Lucia Popp
(Singer)

Lucia Popp
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Záhorská Ves, Slovakia
Died: November 16, 1993

 16 
Kyla Cole
(Model)

Kyla Cole
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prešov, Slovakia

Slovac model Kyla Cole soared to fame after being named the Penthouse Pet of the Month, but she was forced to reject the Penthouse Pet of the Year honor due to visa issues. Though she once revealed she was bisexual, she later said the confession was a marketing tactic.

 17 
Petra Vlhová
(Alpine skier)

Petra Vlhová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

 18 
Vladimír Weiss
(Football Player)

Vladimír Weiss
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

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Magdaléna Rybáriková
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Piešťany, Slovakia

 20 
Patricia Janečková
(Operatic soprano)

Patricia Janečková
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Münchberg, Germany

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Lukas Ridgeston
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Birthdate: April 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 22 
Edita Gruberová
(Operatic soprano)

Edita Gruberová
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rača, Bratislava, Slovakia

 23 

Milan Rastislav Štefánik
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Apollonia Vanova
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Slovakia

 25 
Gustáv Husák
(Slovak Politician)

Gustáv Husák
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Anna Karolína Schmiedlová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia

 27 
Miloslav Mečíř
(Tennis player)

Miloslav Mečíř
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bojnice, Slovakia

 28 
Andrej Kiska
(President of Slovakia (2014-19))

Andrej Kiska
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Listed In: Leaders
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. 

 29 
Juraj Sagan
(Sport cyclist)

Juraj Sagan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Žilina, Slovakia

 30 
Dominika Cibulková
(Tennis player)

Dominika Cibulková
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

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Anastasiya Kuzmina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tyumen, Russia

 32 
Ľudovít Štúr
(Politician)

Ľudovít Štúr
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 33 
Viktória Kužmová
(Tennis player)

Viktória Kužmová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia

 34 
Lukáš Lacko
(Tennis player)

Lukáš Lacko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Piešťany, Czechoslovakia

 35 
Galina Chistyakova
(Long jumper)

Galina Chistyakova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Izmail, Ukraine

 36 
Kyle Kuric
(Basketball player)

Kyle Kuric
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States

 37 
Dara Rolins
(Entrepreneur)

Dara Rolins
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 38 

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

 39 
Vica Kerekes
(Actress)

Vica Kerekes
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Birthdate: March 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fiľakovo, Slovakia

Hungarian-origin Slovak actor Vica Kerekes started her career with the Slovak movie Konečná stanica. Also known as Vica, she later soared to fame with her award-winning roles in films such as Ki/Be Tawaret and Seven Days of Sin. She also appeared in the popular Slovak-Czech series Odsúdené.

 40 
Jarmila Wolfe
(Tennis player)

Jarmila Wolfe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 41 
Ondrej Nepela
(Figure skater)

Ondrej Nepela
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: February 2, 1989

 42 
Jozef Tiso
(President of the Slovak Republic, a client state of Nazi Germany during World War II, from 1939 to 1945)

Jozef Tiso
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bytča, Slovakia
Died: April 18, 1947

 43 
Dominik Hrbatý
(Tennis player)

Dominik Hrbatý
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 44 
Jan Mucha
(Footballer)

Jan Mucha
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belá nad Cirochou

 45 
Celeste Buckingham
(Singer-songwriter)

Celeste Buckingham
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

 46 
Kristína Kučová
(Tennis player)

Kristína Kučová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 47 
Peter Šťastný
(Ice hockey player)

Peter Šťastný
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 48 

Miroslav Žbirka
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 49 
Robert Fico
(Prime Minister)

Robert Fico
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Topoľčany

 50 
Richard Réti
(Chess Player)

Richard Réti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pezinok, Slovakia
Died: June 6, 1929