Klara Vemundsdóttir, who was born and raised in Reykjavík, celebrated her 100th birthday in the company of family and friends on Sunday. Vemundsdóttir is in good health, her memory hasn’t faded, and she is content with her life.
“I had a happy life. But the current situation that the Icelandic nation finds itself in is horrible. People buy and buy without being able to afford things and the banks mess with people and spread money around,” Vemundsdóttir told Morgunbladid.
Vemundsdóttir was born in 1909 and what she remembers most vividly from her childhood is the Spanish Flu.
“My role was to bring everyone water once they had become bedridden,” Vemundsdóttir described. “My father was a fisherman and after he returned to land he became seriously ill. Once everyone had fallen ill I was placed in foster care in the west-end of town and then I fell ill myself.” She lost her mother to the Spanish flu.
Vemundsdóttir’s husband, Ársaell Kjartansson, died in 1991. They had seven children, of whom only one is still alive, their son Hafsteinn. Vemundsdóttir’s descendants count 48 people.
Until three years ago, Vemundsdóttir lived in her own apartment with her daughter, who has since passed away, but currently lives at the nursing home Skjól where she is content with her life.