How old is Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who is her husband and when was she elected?
The Nato summit kept her away from the semi-final, where her country broke English hearts, but she has flown straight back to Moscow for the final against France.
Grabar-Kitarovic was born on April 29, 1968 in Rijeka in the Croatian part of Yugoslavia.
The Croatian president, 50, signed up to a student exchange programme while at school, spending a year at Los Alamos High School in New Mexico.
Grabar-Kitarovic is fluent in Croatian, English, Spanish and Portuguese, while she has some understanding of German, French and Italian.
Noticed for her curvaceous figure, some fans have mistaken her for model Coco Austin and US porn star Diamond Foxxx.
Grabar-Kitarović has been married to Jakov Kitarović since 1996 and they have two children: Katarina (born on 23 April 2001) who is a professional figure skater and Croatia’s national junior champion and Luka (born c. 2003)
In an interview for Narodni radio Grabar-Kitarović stated that her favorite singer was Croatian nationalist singer Marko Perković.
In the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia, Grabar-Kitarović attended the quarter-final and final, wearing the country flag colors in support of the national team which finished as tournament runners-up.
Croatia’s Leading World Cup Fan: Things to Know About President Grabar-Kitarovic
First Female President in Croatian History
Grabar-Kitarovic is the first woman to have become Croatian president. She had previously pursued a no less brilliant career as Deputy of NATO’s General Secretary for public policies, Croatian ambassador to the United States, Croatia’s European integration minister and finally the country’s foreign minister, before being elected as president by narrowly defeating the incumbent head of state.
First Impressions Count
The 50-year-old’s perfect looks haven’t escaped the media’s attention, with many heaping praise on her enviable shape and exquisite style. Despite dressing accordingly for formal occasions, she is notable for her down-to-earth style: for instance, she not long ago jetted to one World Cup match in economy class as part of a big crowd of regular football fans.
Unlike other world leaders, her accounts on social network are not verified, as she personally writes posts and frequently shares informal snaps from her official visits across the globe, numerous meetings and social events she eagerly participates in.
Importantly enough, the Croatian president is well-known for an impressively strong personality, which helped her win tremendous popularity with Croatian citizens and abroad.
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She took over the reins of government during a period of extreme recession and took successful measures to lead the country out of it. Along with efficient domestic policies, Grabar-Kitarovic became one of the key negotiators in establishing ties between Iran and Europe, due to the charisma she has demonstrated winning support of over a half of her compatriots.
Her interest in politics has a large part to do with meeting her better half, Jakov Kitarovic: they graduated from Zagreb University together and got married in 1996, later on giving birth to a son and a daughter.
Sport in the Heart
Grabar-Kitarovic has never been indifferent to sports; even in her high-ranking position, she tries not to miss any major sporting events, the FIFA World Cup is certainly no exception.
She cheers on her national squad donning a shirt in the national colors and preferably from the stands, preferring it to a VIP suite with an obligatory dress-code. After the recent triumphs, she joined her team in the dressing room, heartily embracing them and thereby winning the hearts of throngs of social media users.
Zlatko Dalic’s side made it to Sunday’s final after beating England 2-1 in extra-time on Wednesday. On Sunday, the final World Cup day, France Beat Croatia in World Cup Final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
World Cup 2018: Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic wins everyone’s heart with her super-sporting attitude
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic became one of the most talked about world leaders as Croatia lost to France in an attacking football display.
Her pictures, wearing a Croatian jersey, while cheering on her team were broadcast to the world.
After the match, she was her effusive self, giving hugs to players from both sides and sharing light moments with France president Macron, who was on the verge of exploding with joy.
Earlier, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a Croatian soccer shirt with the name “Putin” printed on the back on Sunday, hours before Croatia play France in the World Cup final in Moscow.
Croatia has been caught up in soccer fever after the Balkan nation of 4.2 million people swept aside more fancied opponents to reach its first ever World Cup final, which Russia is hosting this year.
Grabar-Kitarovic has, herself, entered into the spirit of the occasion, travelling to Russia to watch matches and dressing in the colours of the national flag. Croatia knocked Russia’s team out of the competition in the quarter-finals.
At a Kremlin meeting, Putin congratulated the Croatian president on the Croatian team’s performance.
“I’m sure we will see a beautiful game today,” he said. Grabar-Kitarovic thanked Putin for what she said was the successful organisation of the competition.
Putin presented her with a bouquet of flowers, while she gave the Russian leader the Croatian national shirt.
WORLD CUP: Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic presented Russian President Vladimir Putin a Croatian soccer shirt with the name “Putin” printed across the back. Croatia is playing France in the World Cup final in Moscow right now. https://t.co/HiLk0yUqpL pic.twitter.com/a50F1Nziud
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French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Russia’s President Putin for his “perfect” organisation of the World Cup as the two leaders prepared to watch the final today.
Macron and his wife Brigitte met the Russian leader at the Kremlin today afternoon before the match between France and Croatia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
Macron told Putin he wanted “to congratulate you as the organising country for how well this event has passed off. It has not only been watched around the world, but the whole world has come here” to watch it.
“To do it in safe conditions and with everything going perfectly was a challenge, so well done for that.” Putin congratulated France for having reached the final.
“I am sure we will see an interesting, intense, close match which millions of spectators across the world will enjoy,” he said.