Slovenian

Think of Slovenia and you will be at once imported to a land of snow-capped peaks, turquoise green rivers and a pristine landscape! Agreed, very few things in the world beat the rural, rustic charm of this European country. But if you think that the greatness of the land is limited to its physical charms, hold on! This pretty country is address to some fine men and women who have perhaps earned more distinction than the wine of the land. Be it Olympic medalists, cartographers, film directors, opera singers, actuaries, historians, activists, geographers, comedians, philologists, painters, diplomats or politicians, the Slovenians have inscribed their greatness in the history of the world like very few other countries. Slovenians are mighty proud of their able sons and daughters of soil and are happy to show it off. Learn all about the famous Slovenians in their biographies below. Their timeline that captures the trivia and facts will fill you with utter admiration. So without any ado, read on.

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 1 Luka Dončić

Luka Dončić
24
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

 2 Goran Dragić

Goran Dragić
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

 3 Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Škofja Loka, Slovenia
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 4 Samir Handanović

Samir Handanović
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

 5 Primož Roglič

Primož Roglič
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: October 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Trbovlje, Slovenia

 6 Nadiya Bychkova

Nadiya Bychkova
8
Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: August 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luhansk, Ukraine

 7 Anže Kopitar

Anže Kopitar
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: August 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hrušica, Jesenice
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 8 Kevin Kampl

Kevin Kampl
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer midfielder
Birthdate: October 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Solingen, Germany

 9 Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek
9
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenian–American actor Željko Ivanek is best known for his Emmy-winning performance as Ray Fiske in the thriller series Damages. He has also appeared as Ed Danvers in the Homicide franchise and as Russell Jackson in Madam Secretary, and has been part of films such as Argo and Seven Psychopaths.

 10 Merlene Ottey

Merlene Ottey
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hanover Parish, Jamaica

 11 Zoran Dragić

Zoran Dragić
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

 12 Aljaž Škorjanec

Aljaž Škorjanec
5
Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: February 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ptuj, Slovenia

 13 Luka Sulic

Luka Sulic
3
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maribor,

 14 Anthony Randolph

Anthony Randolph
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Würzburg, West Germany

 15 Borut Pahor

Borut Pahor
1
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: November 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Postojna

 16 Tina Maze

Tina Maze
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Alpine skier
Birthdate: May 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

 17 Beno Udrih

Beno Udrih
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Celje, Slovenia

 18 Katarina Čas

Katarina Čas
3
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

 19 Peter Prevc

Peter Prevc
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Ski jumper
Birthdate: September 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kranj, Slovenia

 20 Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek
15
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: March 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher whose works in subjects, such as continental philosophy, Marxism, Hegelianism, and psychoanalysis, has gained him international influence. Often dubbed a celebrity philosopher and Elvis of cultural theory, Žižek was named in Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers list in 2012. His work has had an impact on widespread public audiences and academic.

 21 Aljaž Bedene

Aljaž Bedene
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenian tennis player and naturalized Briton since 2015, Aljaž Bedene began his career in his birth country before moving to England in 2008. He represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup from 2015 to 2017. However from 2018, barred from representing Great Britain due to technical reasons, he started representing Slovenia in Davis Cup once more.  

 22 Duncan Haldane

Duncan Haldane
2
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 14, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Duncan Haldane is a British-born physicist who is currently serving as the Sherman Fairchild University Professor of Physics at Princeton University. He has made numerous fundamental contributions to condensed matter physics. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2016, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics along with David J. Thouless and J. Michael Kosterlitz. 

 23 Polona Hercog

Polona Hercog
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maribor, Slovenia

 24 Vlatko Čančar

Vlatko Čančar
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Koper, Slovenia

 25 Kevin Pangos

Kevin Pangos
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Canadian basketball player Kevin Pangos is best known for his stint with the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers. The 6’2” player of Slovenian origin is a dependable point guard. Though initially interested in hockey, he later switched to basketball, as his father, too, played the sport.

 26 Tamara Zidansek

Tamara Zidansek
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Postojna, Slovenia

 27 Saša Dončić

Saša Dončić
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: June 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia

 28 France Prešeren

France Prešeren
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Poet, Lawyer, Writer, Poet lawyer
Birthdate: December 3, 1800
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vrba
Died: February 8, 1849

 29 Rene Krhin

Rene Krhin
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Maribor

 30 Urška Žigart

Urška Žigart
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: December 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenia

 31 Zlatko Zahovič

Zlatko Zahovič
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maribor

 32 Janez Drnovšek

Janez Drnovšek
0
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: May 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Celje
Died: February 23, 2008

 33 Martin Strel

Martin Strel
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Long-distance swimmer
Birthdate: October 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trebelno, Slovenia

 34 Nicolás Maduro

Nicolás Maduro
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Venezuela (Since 2013)
Birthdate: November 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro was a bus driver and a union leader before being elected to the National Assembly. He held important administrative posts under Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, before taking over as the president after Chávez’s death in 2013. A dictator, he is held responsible for the economic failure of Venezuela.

 35 Jela Krečič

Jela Krečič
0
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

 36 Valter Birsa

Valter Birsa
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: August 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Šempeter pri Gorici

 37 Rade Šerbedžija

Rade Šerbedžija
6
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bunić, Croatia

 38 Klemen Prepelič

Klemen Prepelič
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maribor, Slovenia

 39 Tadej Pogačar

Tadej Pogačar
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: September 21, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Komenda, Slovenia

 40 Boštjan Cesar

Boštjan Cesar
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ljubljana

 41 Robert Koren

Robert Koren
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: September 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ljubljana

 42 Emir Preldžić

Emir Preldžić
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 43 Jaka Blažič

Jaka Blažič
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jesenice, Slovenia

 44 Sasha Vujačić

Sasha Vujačić
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maribor, Slovenia

 45 Edvard Kardelj

Edvard Kardelj
0
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 27, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Died: February 10, 1979

 46 Kaja Juvan

Kaja Juvan
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

 47 Senidah

Senidah
2
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

 48 Jože Plečnik

Jože Plečnik
0
Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: January 23, 1872
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Died: January 7, 1957

Jože Plečnik was a Slovene architect best remembered for designing the Slovene National and University Library building. Plečnik had a great impact on the architecture of Ljubljana, Prague, and Vienna. Jože Plečnik's impact on the capital city of Slovenia is so great that it is often compared to the impact Antoni Gaudí i Cornet had on the city of Barcelona.

 49 Ben Dolic

Ben Dolic
0
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

 50 Josip Iličić

Josip Iličić
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina