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

Peter Sagan.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Bicycler
Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Žilina

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

David Dobrik.
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Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: Youtuber
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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 3 Marek Hamšík

Marek Hamšík.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Banská Bystrica

 4 Cornel Wilde

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

 5 Alexander Dubcek

Alexander Dubcek.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
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.

 6 Marián Vajda

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

 7 Zuzana Čaputová

Zuzana Čaputová
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
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 8 Dominika Cibulková

Dominika Cibulková
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
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 9 Adriana Karembeu

Adriana Karembeu.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Fashion Model
Birthdate: September 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brezno

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 Rory Sabbatini

Rory Sabbatini
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Golfer
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.

 11 Marián Hossa

Marián Hossa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: January 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stará Ľubovňa, Slovakia

 12 Daniela Hantuchová

Daniela Hantuchová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Poprad, Slovakia

 13 Vladimír Weiss

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

 14 Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Johann Nepomuk Hummel
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: composer, conductor, pianist, concertmaster
Birthdate: September 14, 1778
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bratislava
Died: October 17, 1837

 15 Barbara Nedeljáková

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

 16 Kyla Cole

Kyla Cole.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Glamour Model
Birthdate: November 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prešov

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 Gustáv Husák

Gustáv Husák.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Slovak Politician
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.

 18 Lucia Popp

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

 19 Lukas Ridgeston

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

 20 Magdaléna Rybáriková

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

 21 Patricia Janečková

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

 22 Attila Végh

Attila Végh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: August 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dunajská Streda, Slovakia

 23 Apollonia Vanova

Apollonia Vanova
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Slovakia

 24 Anna Karolína Schmiedlová

Anna Karolína Schmiedlová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia

 25 Kyle Kuric

Kyle Kuric
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States

 26 Milan Rastislav Štefánik

Milan Rastislav Štefánik.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 21, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Košariská
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.  

 27 John Zápolya

John Zápolya
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Birthdate: February 2, 1487
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spišské Podhradie

 28 Martin Kližan

Martin Kližan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 29 Petra Vlhová

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

 30 Miloslav Mečíř

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

 31 Anastasiya Kuzmina

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

 32 Viktória Kužmová

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

 33 Juraj Sagan

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

 34 Dara Rolins

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

 35 Lukáš Lacko

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

 36 Milan Kňažko

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

 37 Galina Chistyakova

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

 38 Vladimír Mečiar

Vladimír Mečiar.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
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.

 39 Ľudovít Štúr

Ľudovít Štúr.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 28, 1815
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uhrovec
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.

 40 Jarmila Wolfe

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

 41 Edita Gruberová

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

 42 Jan Mucha

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

 43 Ondrej Nepela

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

 44 Jozef Tiso

Jozef Tiso
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bytča
Died: April 18, 1947

 45 Vica Kerekes

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

 46 Lukáš Hrádecký

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

 47 Celeste Buckingham

Celeste Buckingham
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

 48 Richard Réti

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

 49 Andrej Hlinka

Andrej Hlinka
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 27, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stará Cernová, Slovakia
Died: August 16, 1938

 50 Robert Fico

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