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The Most Important Person From Each Country

For each country, guess the most important person from that country. This is a subjective list and a hint is given to identify the person. The person in question does not have to be born in said country but must have contributed to the country in one way or another.
Hint: Most of the answers are politicians.
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Last updated: July 8, 2022
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Afghanistan
Declared independence of the Loy Kandahar region and became the first Emir of what is today, Afghanistan.
Mirwais Hotak
Albania
He served as the youngest Prime Minister of Albania before becoming the first King of the Albanians.
Zog I
Algeria
Bishop of Hippo Regius who influenced the development of Western philosophy and Western Christianity.
Augustine of Hippo
Andorra
Former Archbishop of Burgos and Co-Prince of Andorra who wrote the country's national anthem.
Juan Baptista Benlloch i Vivó
Angola
Regent Queen who had her 7 year old nephew murdered to become the ruling Queen of the Kingdom of Ndongo.
Nzinga Mbande
Antigua and Barbuda
First Prime Minister of the country.
Vere Bird
Argentina
Soccer player who won the Ballon D'or a record of seven times.
Lionel Messi
Armenia
Declared Cilicia independent from the Byzantine Empire and became Lord of Armenian Cilicia.
Ruben I
Australia
First Prime Minister of Australia.
Edmund Barton
Austria
Composer, one of the most prolific of the Classical period and known for his work such as 'Requiem' and 'Symphony no.41'.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Azerbaijan
Poet who is considered the greatest romantic poet in Persian literature.
Nizami Ganjavi
Bahamas
One of the founders of the Republic of Pirates in Nassau and mentor to Edward Teach.
Benjamin Hornigold
Bahrain
First Hakim of Bahrain.
Ahmed ibn Muhammad ibn Khalifa
Bangladesh
First President of Bangladesh.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Barbados
Best-selling music artist based on total certified units.
Rihanna
Belarus
Writer who was the first from the country to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature.
Svetlana Alexievich
Belgium
King of the Belgians who founded and owned the Congo Free State.
Leopold II
Belize
First Prime Minister of Belize.
George Cadle Price
Benin
Five-time Grammy winning singer dubbed 'Africa's premier diva' by Time Magazine.
Angélique Kidjo
Bhutan
First Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan.
Ugyen Wangchuck
Bolivia
Supreme Protector of the Peru-Bolivian Confederation.
Andrés de Santa Cruz
Bosnia and Herzegovina
First King of Bosnia.
Tvrtko I
Botswana
First Prime Minister and President of Botswana.
Seretse Khama
Brazil
Soccer player who won the FIFA World Cup three times.
Pelé
Brunei
Sultan of Brunei who had a massive car collection that landed the royal family in financial crisis.
Hassanal Bolkiah
Bulgaria
Slave and gladiator who led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic.
Spartacus
Burkina Faso
First President of the country.
Thomas Sankara
Burundi
Former President of Burundi who introduced multi-party system and non-ethnic government.
Pierre Buyoya
Cambodia
Leader of the Khmer Rouge and perpetrator of the Cambodian genocide.
Pol Pot
Cameroon
Soccer forward player who is the highest goal scorer for the Cameroon national team and won the UEFA Champions League on four occasions.
Samuel Eto'o
Canada
Former Premier of Saskatchewan and introduced the first single-payer, universal health care program in North America.
Tommy Douglas
Cape Verde
First President of the country.
Aristides Pereira
Central African Republic
Self-proclaimed Emperor of Central Africa.
Jean-Bédel Bokassa
Chad
Former President of Chad who made petroleum production the driving force of the country's economy after it was discovered in the early 2000s.
Idriss Déby
Chile
Former President of Chile who seized power in a coup d'état with the help of the United States.
Augusto Pinochet
China
Philosopher who is the most well known oriental philosopher.
Confucius
Colombia
Drug lord who is the wealthiest criminal in history.
Pablo Escobar
Comoros
First President of the country.
Ahmed Abdallah Abderemane
Costa Rica
Former President of the country who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end Central American Crisis.
Óscar Arias Sánchez
Croatia
Engineer best known for designing the modern alternating current electricity supply system.
Nikola Tesla
Cuba
Revolutionary who became the leader of Cuba and made it into a one-party communist state.
Fidel Castro
Cyprus
Philosopher who founded the Stoic school of philosophy.
Zeno of Citium
Czech Republic
First King of Bohemia to become Holy Roman Emperor.
Charles IV
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dictator of Zaire.
Mobutu Sese Seko
Denmark
Author most famous for his fairy tales such as 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'The Little Match Girl' among others.
Hans Christian Andersen
Djibouti
First President of Djibouti.
Hassan Gouled Aptidon
Dominica
Novelist known for the 'Wide Sargasso Sea' novel.
Jean Rhys
Dominican Republic
Military Leader who led the country during the Dominican war of independence.
Juan Pablo Duarte
East Timor
First Prime Minister and second President of the country who was assassinated during an Indonesian invasion.
Nicolau dos Reis Lobato
Ecuador
First President of Ecuador who is referred to as the Founder of the Republic.
Juan José Flores
Egypt
Pharaoh regarded as the most powerful of the New Kingdom.
Ramesses II
El Salvador
Former Archbishop of San Salvador and regarded as the unofficial patron saint of the Americas and El Salvador.
Óscar Romero
Equatorial Guinea
First President of the country.
Francisco Macías Nguema
Eritrea
First and still the President of the country.
Isaias Afwerki
Estonia
First President of Estonia.
Konstantin Päts
Eswatini
King of Eswatini who had the country changed its name from Swaziland to mark its 50th anniversary of independence.
Mswati III
Ethiopia
Last true Emperor of Ethiopia who was a member of the Solomonic dynasty.
Haile Selassie
Federated States of Micronesia
First President of the country.
Tosiwo Nakayama
Fiji
First President of Fiji.
Penaia Ganilau
Finland
Composer whose music helped developed the country's national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia.
Jean Sibelius
France
First Emperor of the French.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Gabon
Second President of Gabon.
Omar Bongo
Gambia
First President of Gambia.
Dawda Jawara
Georgia
First King of of the Kingdom of Georgia.
Bagrat III
Germany
Führer of Germany who invaded Poland that initiated WWII in Europe.
Adolf Hitler
Ghana
First Prime Minister and President of Ghana.
Kwame Nkrumah
Greece
Philosopher who is considered to the founder of Western Philosophy.
Socrates
Grenada
Former Governor-General of Grenada who was involved in the United States invasion of the country.
Paul Scoon
Guatemala
First President of Guatemala and its second non-acting Head of State following independence.
Rafael Carrera
Guinea
First President of Guinea.
Ahmed Sékou Touré
Guinea-Bissau
First President of Guinea-Bissau.
Luís Cabral
Guyana
First President of Guyana.
Arthur Chung
Haiti
General who led the Haitian Revolution for independence.
Toussaint Louverture
Honduras
First President of independent Honduras.
Juan Francisco de Molina
Hungary
Last Grand Prince of the Hungarians and first King of Hungary.
Stephen I
Iceland
Norse explorer who is thought of as the first European to set foot on continental North America.
Leif Erikson
India
Individual who achieved full enlightenment and founder of one of the world's biggest religion.
Gautama Buddha
Indonesia
First President of Indonesia.
Sukarno
Iran
Iranian Prophet who founded a religious movement that became the staple religion in ancient Iran.
Zoroaster
Iraq
Sultan of Egypt and Syria who commanded the army that was victorious against the Crusaders in the Battle of Hattin.
Saladin
Ireland
Patron Saint of the country and apparently rid the country of snakes.
Saint Patrick
Israel
Most important figure in Christianity and a great Prophet in Islam.
Jesus
Italy
He became the Dictator of Rome after defeating Pompey in a civil war.
Julius Caesar
Ivory Coast
Soccer forward player who played for Chelsea FC and won the UEFA Champions League in 2012.
Didier Drogba
Jamaica
Arguably the most famous reggae artist.
Bob Marley
Japan
Emperor of Japan during WWII.
Hirohito
Jordan
First Emir of Transjordan and then first King of Jordan.
Abdullah I
Kazakhstan
First President of Kazakhstan
Nursultan Nazarbayev
Kenya
First President of Kenya.
Jomo Kenyatta
Kiribati
Former President of the country dubbed the Gandhi of the Pacific.
Anote Tong
Kosovo
First President of the Republic of Kosovo.
Fatmir Sejdiu
Kuwait
Former ruler of Kuwait who assassinated his half-brother to ascend to the throne.
Mubarak Al-Sabah
Kyrgyzstan
First President of Kyrgyzstan
Askar Akayev
Laos
First President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
Souphanouvong
Latvia
First President of Latvia.
Jānis Čakste
Lebanon
Queen of Tyre who fled and founded Carthage.
Dido
Lesotho
First King of Lesotho following independence.
Moshoeshoe II
Liberia
First President of Liberia.
Joseph Jenkins Roberts
Libya
Former leader of Libya who created the Third International Theory.
Muammar Gaddafi
Liechtenstein
First Prince of Liechtenstein.
Karl I
Lithuania
Painter who contributed to Symbolism and Art Nouveau and is considered to be a pioneer of Abstract Art in Europe.
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
Luxembourg
Founder and first Ruler of the Castle of Luxembourg.
Sigfried
Madagascar
Former King of Imerina who united two-thirds of the Island of Madagascar and also ended the international slave trade.
Radama I
Malawi
First President of Malawi.
Hastings Banda
Malaysia
First Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Tunku Abdul Rahman
Maldives
Second King to rule the whole of Maldives and the first ruler of the Theemuge Dynasty following his conversion to Islam.
Dhovemi
Mali
Mansa of the Mali Empire during its territorial peak.
Mansa Musa
Malta
Grand Master of the Knights Hospitalier when the headquarters was moved to Malta due to the Ottoman siege of Rhodes.
Philippe Villiers de L'Isle-Adam
Marshall Islands
First President of Marshall Islands.
Amata Kabua
Mauritania
First President of Mauritania.
Moktar Ould Daddah
Mauritius
First Prime Minister of Mauritius.
Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
Mexico
Founder of the Aztec Empire through the Triple Alliance with Tetzcoco and Tlacopan.
Itzcoatl
Moldova
First President of the Republic of Moldova.
Mircea Snegur
Monaco
Captured The Rock of Monaco and held it for 4 years before being chased out.
François Grimaldi
Mongolia
Founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire.
Genghis Khan
Montenegro
First King of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes and later the first King of Yugoslavia.
Alexander I
Morocco
Explorer whose 70,000+ miles voyage he dictated in 'The Rihla' and he is the explorer of pre-modern history to have travel the most distance.
Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Battutah
Mozambique
Second President of Mozambique who transformed the country from a war-torn state into one of the most successful democracy of Africa.
Joaquim Chissano
Myanmar
Founder of the Pagan Empire and considered the father of the Burmese Nation.
Anawrahta Minsaw
Namibia
First President of Namibia.
Sam Nujoma
Nauru
Former weightlifter who became the 11th President of Nauru.
Marcus Stephen
Nepal
First Monarch of the Kingdom of Nepal
Prithvi Narayan Shah
Netherlands
Artist famous for cutting his ear and for 'The Starry Night' painting.
Vincent van Gogh
New Zealand
First person to reach both the North Pole and South Pole and also one of the first two climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Edmund Hillary
Nicaragua
Poet who initiated the 'modernismo' literary movement.
Rubén Darío
Niger
Former President who left his post after his second term based on the constitutional limit and this was the first democratic transition of power in the country.
Mahamadou Issoufou
Nigeria
First President of Nigeria.
Nnamdi Azikiwe
North Korea
Second supreme leader of North Korea who during his rule, the country faced a lot a famine and food scarcity issues.
Kim Jong-il
North Macedonia
Byzantine Emperor who is known for the uniform rewriting of Roman Law and is known as the "Last Roman".
Justinian I
Norway
Explorer who was the first to reach the South Pole and to navigate the Northwest Passage.
Roald Amundsen
Oman
Lexicographer who made the first Arabic dictionary.
Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi
Pakistan
Founder of Pakistan and the first Governor-General of Pakistan.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Palau
First President of Palau.
Haruo Remeliik
Panama
Baseball pitcher who holds the MLB's record for most career saves at 652.
Mariano Rivera
Papua New Guinea
First Prime Minister of the country.
Michael Somare
Paraguay
Dictator of Paraguay who suspended constitutional and civil rights and was later overthrown by his most trusted Major General.
Alfredo Stroessner
Peru
Last Saba Inca of the Inca Empire and was captured and executed by the Spaniards.
Atahualpa
Philippines
Second President of the Philippines and the first Filipino to be Head of Government of the entire Philippines.
Manuel L. Quezon
Poland
Polymath who formulated the Heliocentric model of the Solar System.
Nicolaus Copernicus
Portugal
Soccer player who is the highest goalscorer of the UEFA Champions League and has won the Ballon D'Or five times.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Qatar
First Hakim of the whole Qatar Peninsula and brought Qatar its independence.
Mohammed bin Thani
Republic of the Congo
First Prime Minister of the Country who was also the President at the time.
Alphonse Massamba-Débat
Romania
Ruler of Wallachia known for using a specific method of execution.
Vlad III
Russia
Founder of Soviet Russia and the USSR and developed his own ideology based on Marxism.
Vladimir Lenin
Rwanda
Recognized as the organizer of the Rwandan Genocide.
Théoneste Bagosora
Saint Kitts and Nevis
First Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw
Saint Lucia
Economist who introduced the dual sector model and wrote 'The Theory of Economic Growth'.
William Arthur Lewis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Founder of the New Democratic Party and the second Prime Minister of the country.
James Fitz-Allen Mitchell
Samoa
First Prime Minister of Western Samoa.
Fiamē Mataʻafa Faumuina Mulinuʻu II
San Marino
Founder of a monastery that later became the state of San Marino.
Saint Marinus
São Tomé and Príncipe
First President of São Tomé and Príncipe.
Manuel Pinto da Costa
Saudi Arabia
Last Prophet of Islam.
Muhammad
Senegal
Soccer player who is the top scorer for Senegal's Men National Team.
Sadio Mané
Serbia
First Christian Roman Emperor.
Constantine I
Seychelles
Second President of Seychelles who overthrew the first President and became a benevolent dictator known as "The Boss".
France-Albert René
Sierra Leone
First President of Sierra Leone.
Siaka Stevens
Singapore
First Prime Minister of Singapore.
Lee Kuan Yew
Slovakia
He was the first Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and was forced to resigned following the Warsaw Pact Invasion due to his liberal reforms.
Alexander Dubček
Slovenia
He became the first President of the Republic of Slovenia after he had served as the last President of the Presidency of SR Slovenia.
Milan Kučan
Solomon Islands
First Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.
Peter Kenilorea
Somalia
First President of Somalia.
Aden Adde
South Africa
Anti-apartheid political leader who became the first President of the Republic of South Africa.
Nelson Mandela
South Korea
K-pop singer whose song became the first video to hit 1 billion views on YouTube.
PSY
South Sudan
First President of South Sudan.
Salva Kiir Mayardit
Spain
First governor of New Castille and founder of the city of Lima in Peru.
Francisco Pizarro
Sri Lanka
First Prime Minister of Ceylon.
Don Stephen Senanayake
Sudan
Sufi Leader who claimed to be the Mahdi and created an Islamic State that became known as the Mahdist State.
Muhammad Ahmad
Suriname
President of Suriname who was convicted for the December Murders which happened when he was the leader in a military rule.
Dési Bouterse
Sweden
Inventor of the dynamite and donated the majority of his wealth to found a prize that would be awarded to those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to Humankind.
Alfred Nobel
Switzerland
Tennis player ranked world No.1 for a record of 237 consecutive weeks.
Roger Federer
Syria
One of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ and regarded as the first Bishop of Rome.
Saint Peter
Taiwan
President of the Republic of China who retreated to Taiwan during the Chinese civil war.
Chiang Kai-shek
Tajikistan
13th century poet and Islamic scholar who is widely regarded as one of the best poets in the Persian language.
Rumi
Tanzania
First President of Tanganyika and first President of Tanzania after the union with Zanzibar.
Julius Nyerere
Thailand
He is the founder of the Rattanakosin Kingdom and the first monarch of the Chakri Dynasty.
Rama I
Togo
Third President of Togo who is rumored to have killed the first President in coup d'état.
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
Tonga
First King of modern Tonga.
George Tupou I
Trinidad and Tobago
Cricketer who is considered one of the greatest batsmen and holds the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket.
Brian Lara
Tunisia
General who invaded Rome by crossing the Alps with war elephants.
Hannibal
Turkey
First President of Turkey.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Turkmenistan
First President of Turkmenistan.
Saparmurat Niyazov
Tuvalu
First Chief Minister and Prime Minister of Tuvalu.
Toaripi Lauti
Uganda
First President of Uganda.
Edward Mutesa
Ukraine
Former professional boxer who held the world heavyweight championship twice.
Wladimir Klitschko
United Arab Emirates
United the seven Emirates and became the first President of the UAE.
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
United Kingdom
British Monarch who ruled the largest empire in history.
George V
United States
First President of the United States.
George Washington
Uruguay
Soccer player known for biting his opponents.
Luis Suárez
Uzbekistan
Founder of the Timurid Empire.
Timur
Vanuatu
Anglican Priest who became the first Prime Minister of Vanuatu.
Walter Lin̄i
Vatican City
He signed the Lateran Treaty with Italy thus establishing Vatican City as a sovereign state.
Pope Pius XI
Venezuela
He is known as 'El Libertador' and has led multiple South American countries to independence.
Simón Bolívar
Vietnam
First President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
Hồ Chí Minh
Yemen
First President of Yemen Arab Republic.
Abdullah al-Sallal
Zambia
First President of Zambia.
Kenneth Kaunda
Zimbabwe
Second President of Zimbabwe.
Robert Mugabe
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Level 23
Jul 8, 2022
Nikola Tesla is from Serbia, not Croatia and he is one of the most influential people in Serbia. He was only born in Croatia and he is not a part of Croatian history. This list is subjective but has to be true. His resting place is in Belgrade (capital of Serbia). Good list btw.
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Level 71
Jul 8, 2022
I know he did most of his work in Serbia and the US. However, I already had a better person to put for Serbia, at least what I assume to be better and just couldn't find anyone influential enough for Croatia. Even though I said the list is not necessarily where the person is born, but it is still a considering factor. I will try to find someone more influential for Croatia if I can.
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Level 71
Jul 8, 2022
He was listed second in a popularity poll done in Croatia. Tito was first, but I consider Tesla to be more famous and influential, especially on a worldwide scale.