Sólveig Pálsdóttir from farm Svínafell in Öraefi, southeast Iceland, turned 109 years and 59 days old yesterday. She is the oldest Icelander in recorded history.
According to Fréttabladid, the previous record was held by Gudfinna Eyjólfsdóttir of farm Leysingjastadir in Dalasýsla, west Iceland, who also reached the age of 109. She passed away last April.
Since the age of 96, Pálsdóttir has been living in the Nursing Home of Southeast Iceland. She celebrated the event there yesterday, serving coffee and cake for friends and family.
Jóhanna Gunnarsdóttir, Pálsdóttir’s daughter, told Fréttabladid that her mother’s health is good despite her age, though her eyesight, hearing and memory have started to fade.
Gunnarsdóttir believes her mother’s healthy lifestyle is the reason for her reaching such a high age. Pálsdóttir has around 70 descendants.