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Oldest Icelander passed away

26.04.2019 - 09:56
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Jensína Andrésdóttir, Iceland’s oldest person, has died. She passed away on 18th April, it has been revealed; aged 109 years and 159 days. She became the oldest ever person to live in Iceland this January—as well as topping the list of oldest residents in the Nordic countries.

Jensína was born on the 10th November 1909 at Þórisstaðir by Þorskafjörður, in the Westfjords. She was the twelfth of Andrés Sigurðarsson and Guðrún Sigríður Jónsdóttir’s 15 children. She worked as a farm hand in the Westfjords before moving to Reykjavík in the mid-20th century. She lived at the Hrafnista old people’s home for two decades. 

The former Icelandic age record was held by Sólveig Pálsdóttir from Höfn, who passed away at 109 years and 69 days old in 2006. Earlier that year, Guðfinna Einarsdóttir from Dalasýsla had died aged 109 years and 58 days. 

Dóra Ólafsdóttir from Kópavogur now becomes the oldest living Icelander. She was 106 years old at her last birthday in July. Guðríður Guðmundsdóttir is 104 years old and Iceland’s oldest man is Lárus Sigfússon, who is also 104 years old. 

One lady lived longer than all of them: Guðrún Björnsdóttir, who lived to 109 years and 310 days old. But she moved to Canada at the age of three and was therefore counted among Canada’s oldest people—although there have been at least 65 people in Canada who lived to between 110 years old, and all the way up to 117.