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Nationalities

Strictly speaking, this page isn't always about nationalities. It's about the countries that people were born in. They may have moved to another country at a very young age, and/or they may have ultimately found fame in another country. They may even have become naturalised citizens of a different country.

In the case of historical characters, the answer is the modern country that their birthplace is in.

Notes on individual countries:

Soviet Union – the answer is the name of the modern–day country in which their birthplace can be found. This is always (unless I'm mistaken) the same as the name of the Soviet republic that it was in at the time
Yugoslavia – as with the Soviet Union, it's the name of the modern day country
Czechoslovakia – always Czechoslovakia (no distinction between Slovakia and the Czech Republic)
Germany – always Germany (no distinction between East and West)

There is one special case, where the birthplace of the person concerned is in a completely different country now to what it was then. This case gets a section all to itself.

At the bottom of the page you will find details of a few people who weren't born in the country you might think they were born in.

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Q: In which country was (or were) ... born? A:
Yves St. Laurent, Albert Camus Click to show or hide the answer
Che Guevara, Juan Manuel Fangio, Chris de Burgh, David Nalbandian (tennis) Click to show or hide the answer
Percy Grainger, Thomas Keneally, Peter Carey, Errol Flynn, Dame Nellie Melba, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor, 1925–2010), Elle Macpherson (supermodel) Click to show or hide the answer
Marie Antoinette, Sigmund Freud, Anton Bruckner; Erwin Schrödinger (physicist, who devised the famous thought experiment – often described as a paradox – about a cat that may or may not be dead) Click to show or hide the answer
Garry Kasparov (world chess champion 1985–93) Click to show or hide the answer
Tony Cozier (cricket journalist and commentator; died in 2016 aged 75); Rihanna (singer, born 1988) Click to show or hide the answer
Victoria Azarenka (tennis player) Click to show or hide the answer
Georges Simenon (writer, creator of Maigret) Click to show or hide the answer
Django Reinhardt (jazz guitarist)
Eddy Merckx (cyclist – five times winner of the Tour de France, 1969–74)
Jacky Ickx (Formula 1 racing driver)
The Singing Nun (real name Jeanne Deckers, known in French as Soeur Sourire)
Jacques Brel (songwriter)
Hergé (real name Georges Remi – creator of Tintin)
Adolphe Saxe (inventor of the saxophone)
Leo Baekeland (inventor of bakelite, the first plastic)
Rene Magritte, Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony Van Dyck (painters)
Audrey Hepburn (actress)
Jean–Claude Van Damme (actor)
Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters (tennis players)
Jean–Marc Bosman (footballer)
Willy Claes (disgraced former Secretary General of NATO)
Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna (all Formula 1 drivers) Click to show or hide the answer
Giselle Bundchen (supermodel)
U Thant Click to show or hide the answer
Yannick Noah Click to show or hide the answer
Andrew Bonar Law; Roy Thomson (1st Baron Thomson of Fleet – 1894–1976); Oscar Peterson (jazz pianist) Click to show or hide the answer
Singer–songwriters Paul Anka, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morissette, Neil Young
Actors Pamela Anderson, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Carrey, Glenn Ford, Michael J. Fox, Lorne Greene, Margot Kidder, Raymond Massey, Lois Maxwell, Rick Moranis, Mike Myers, Leslie Nielsen, Mary Pickford, Walter Pidgeon, Christopher Plummer, William Shatner, Norma Shearer, Donald Sutherland, Fay Wray
Linda Evangelista (supermodel)
Manuel Pellegrini (football manager – Manchester City, 2013–16) Click to show or hide the answer
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (writer, died Mexico City 2014); Juan Pablo Montoya (Formula One driver), Shakira (pop singer, 1990s on), Nairo Quintana (cyclist – runner–up in the Tour de France in 2013 and 2015), Faustino Asprilla (footballer – Newcastle United 1996–8) Click to show or hide the answer
José Raúl Capablanca (chess champion); Gloria Estefan; Carlos Acosta (ballet dancer, born 1973) Click to show or hide the answer
Tom Stoppard, Robert Maxwell, Bedrich Smetana, Antonin Dvorak, Martina Navratilova, Hana Mandlikova, Franz Kafka, Ivana Trump (Donald's first wife – née Zelníčková) Click to show or hide the answer
Eva Herzegova (supermodel)
Hans Christian Andersen Click to show or hide the answer
Carl Nielsen (composer)
Helena Christensen (supermodel)
Boutros Boutros–Ghali Click to show or hide the answer
St. Patrick, Gustav Holst, John Joule Click to show or hide the answer
Carmen Kass (supermodel) Click to show or hide the answer
Vijay Singh (golfer) Click to show or hide the answer
Jean Sibelius, Keke Rosberg Click to show or hide the answer
Sarah Bernhardt, John Calvin Click to show or hide the answer
Joseph Stalin, Katie Melua Click to show or hide the answer
Karl Baedeker, Pope Benedict XVI, Catherine the Great, Albert Einstein (see below), Anne Frank (WWII diarist), Charles Halle, John McEnroe (see below), André Previn Click to show or hide the answer
Scientists Robert Bunsen, Gabriel Fahrenheit, Julius Richard Petri (inventor of the petri dish)
Heidi Klum, Claudia Schiffer (supermodels)
Joe Bugner, Harry Houdini (Erich Weiss), Joseph Pulitzer, Franz Liszt, Bela Bartok, Zoltan Kodaly, Alexander Korda, Peter Lorre (Laszlo Löwenstein), Bela Lugosi, Laszlo Biro, Ernő Rubik (inventor of the eponymous Cube) Click to show or hide the answer
Magnus Magnusson; Bjork (pop singer) Click to show or hide the answer
Colin Cowdrey, David Gower, Nasser Hussain; Engelbert Humperdinck (Gerry Dorsey), Rudyard Kipling, Vivien Leigh, Zubin Mehta, Spike Milligan, Cliff Richard, Basil Spence Click to show or hide the answer
Dame Ninette de Valois, Lord Kitchener (Britain's Secretary of State for War in World War One, until his death in 1916); writers James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats Click to show or hide the answer
Chaim Topol, Uri Geller Click to show or hide the answer
Mario Andretti (F1 world champion 1978 – family moved to USA when he was 15); St. Thomas Aquinas; Rudolf Valentino (moved to the USA in 1913 in search of work, aged 18; died in 1926) Click to show or hide the answer
John Cabot, Christopher Columbus Click to show or hide the answer
Reinhold Messner Click to show or hide the answer
Kolo Toure, Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Gervinho, Salomon Kalou, Chieck Tiote (footballers – the first two are brothers) Click to show or hide the answer
John Barnes (footballer) Click to show or hide the answer
Keanu Reeves Click to show or hide the answer
Al Jolson Click to show or hide the answer
Madonna's two adopted children, David and Mercy Click to show or hide the answer
Jimmy Choo (shoe designer); of Chinese descent, he has lived in the UK since at least 1980 Click to show or hide the answer
Edward de Bono (inventor of lateral thinking), Tony Drago (snooker player) Click to show or hide the answer
Anthony Quinn (actor); Frida Kahlo (painter); Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro (Oscar–winning film directors) Click to show or hide the answer
Eusebio Click to show or hide the answer
Desiderus Erasmus, Abel Tasman; Mata Hari; Rutger Hauer (star of Blade Runner and the Guinness commercials), Piet Mondrian Click to show or hide the answer
Ernest Rutherford, Katherine Mansfield, Ngaio Marsh, David Low (cartoonist), Kiri Te Kanawa, Russell Crowe (see below), Pamela Stephenson (see below), Bruce McLaren (Formula One driver and team founder) Click to show or hide the answer
Bianca Jagger Click to show or hide the answer
Edvard Grieg, Thor Heyerdahl, Henrik Ibsen, Trygve Lie, Edvard Munch Click to show or hide the answer
Anni–Frid Lyngstad (the dark one out of ABBA – the other three were Swedish) Click to show or hide the answer
Roberto Duran (world lightweight boxing champion, 1972–80) Click to show or hide the answer
Xavier Perez de Cuellar Click to show or hide the answer
Manny Pacquiao (first boxer ever to hold world titles at seven different weights, 2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Frederic Chopin, Joseph Conrad, Marie Slodowskaya (Curie), Nicholas Copernicus, Marie Rambert, David Ben Gurion, Menachem Begin, Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) Click to show or hide the answer
Bartholomew Diaz, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan Click to show or hide the answer
The Cheeky Girls (Monica and Gabriela Irimia) Click to show or hide the answer
Marc Chagall, Irving Berlin, Golda Meir Click to show or hide the answer
Natalia Vodianova (supermodel)
Derek Walcott (Nobel prize–winning poet) Click to show or hide the answer
Melania Trump (US 'First Lady', 2017–, née Knauss) Click to show or hide the answer
Imam (David Bowie's supermodel wife) Click to show or hide the answer
Sid James, J. R. R. Tolkien, Miriam Makeba, Jody Scheckter, Andrew Strauss, Charlize Theron Click to show or hide the answer
Kyung–wha Chung, violinist Click to show or hide the answer
Alek Wek (supermodel) Click to show or hide the answer
Anders Jonas Angstrom, Anders Celsius, Dag Hammarskjold, Alfred Nobel, Max Von Sydow (actor) Click to show or hide the answer
Ursula Andress, Louis Chevrolet (racing driver, and founder of the car manufacturing company), Le Corbusier (architect Charles Edouard Jeanneret), Roberto di Matteo (former Chelsea player and manager), Auguste Picard (balloonist and sea explorer), César Ritz (hotelier), William Tell, Madame (Marie) Tussaud Click to show or hide the answer
Ang Lee (Oscar–winning film director) Click to show or hide the answer
James Wattana (snooker player) Click to show or hide the answer
Nancy Astor, Maria Callas, Eamon de Valera, Yehudi Menuhin, Charles Ives and Samuel Barber (composers), Bruce Lee (see below), Mel Gibson (see below), Michael Flatley, Cindy Crawford (supermodel) Click to show or hide the answer
Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (Carlos the Jackal); Simon Bolivar Click to show or hide the answer
Henry Morton Stanley, Ian Hislop, Paula Yates, Paul Whitehead Click to show or hide the answer

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Then Now
Mother Teresa (of Calcutta) Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

Who?

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1964; the family moved to Australia when he was 4 years old, and back to New Zealand when he was 14.  He returned to Australia aged 21 and began his acting career; his first American film was Virtuosity (1995, aged 31). Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Germany, in 1879; took Swiss nationality in 1901, US nationality in 1940 Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Peekskill, New York, in 1956.  His paternal grandmother was an opera singer, born in New South Wales, who moved first to Europe and then to New York, where she married businessman John Hutton Gibson. The family moved to Sydney when he was 12, after his father won a six–figure sum as compensation for a work–related injury. He began acting there, and his first American film was The River (1984) Click to show or hide the answer
Born in 1940 in San Francisco, of Chinese parents, although his mother was half Caucasian. His father was a Cantonese opera singer and a film actor. The family returned to Hong Kong when he was 3 months old.  He learnt martial arts there and became involved in a series of fights; when he was 18 his parents decided to send him back to San Francisco, where his elder sister was already staying with family friends. He moved to Seattle, married, fathered two children (Brandon and Shannon), and began teaching martial arts in 1959. He began appearing in various television roles, and eventually returned to Hong Kong to make feature films. His first three Hong Kong films were The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972) and Way of the Dragon (1972). Enter the Dragon (1973) was produced in Hong Kong with the co–operation of Warner Bros, and he died in controversial circumstances six days before its release in July 1973. The recorded cause of death was an allergic reaction to a tranquilliser contained in an analgesic drug which he had taken for a headache. He had been successfully treated for cerebral oedema ten weeks previously Click to show or hide the answer
Born February 1959 in Wiesbaden, West Germany, where his father was stationed with the US Air Force. Family moved to New York in 1960 Click to show or hide the answer
Born near Auckland, New Zealand, in December 1949; moved to Australia in 1964 (aged 15), and then to London in 1976 (aged 26) Click to show or hide the answer
Born in 1955 in West Germany, where his father was serving with the US army; his mother was German; family moved to the USA in 1957 after his father was discharged Click to show or hide the answer

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