Svetozar Marovic was born on 31 March 1955, in Kotor, Montenegro. He graduated from Podgorica's Law School. He also led the youth movement in Montenegro, before becoming one of the founding members of the Montenegrin Democratic Party of Socialists. He also served as mayor of Budva.
In addition to his political career, Marovic has written for many newspapers and magazines, including Ideje, Praksa, NIN, and Pobjeda, and is the author of the book Vreme Iskusenja (Time of Trial). He is responsible for founding many cultural festivals, including theater and poetry readings. He speaks English and Russian. Marovic is married, and he and his wife have two children.