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More Than 500 Icelanders Have Turned 100

More than 500 Icelanders are known to have lived to be 100 years old. The oldest sources on an Icelander reaching such a high age, which can be proven with church registries, date back to 1866.


The photo is not directly related to the story. By Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

A constantly growing number of Icelanders reach such a high age with the percentage from each generation of people born the same year rising from 0.01 in the 18th century to almost 1.0 percent today, Morgunbladid reports.

The oldest Icelander who is alive today turned 107 last week, Torfhildur Torfadóttir from Ísafjördur. Next month five women will turn 100.

Today there are 44 Icelanders alive who have reached that milestone, 37 women and seven men, according to the longevity website

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