Dóra Ólafsdóttir became the oldest person to have ever lived in Iceland today, when she turned 109 years and 160 days old. Dóra, who lives in Reykjavík nursing home Skjól, was born in North Iceland on July 6, 1912. She received a visit from Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir today to mark the occasion.
Dóra was born in Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla district in North Iceland. She married Þórir Áskelsson on February 15, 1943, when they were both around 30 years old. For over four decades, Dóra worked as a telephone operator while Þórir worked as a fisherman and sailmaker. Þórir died in 2000 at 89 years of age.
The record-breaker has previously attributed her longevity to healthy eating, particularly fresh fish. She also credits exercise and says she always walked to work and went swimming regularly. Recent tests conducted by deCODE genetics showed that Dóra has a particularly strong heart.
The centenarian does have some seniors in neighbouring Nordic countries: seven Nordic residents are older than her, though the oldest of them only by four months. Only one Icelander has reached an older age than Dóra, though not as an Icelandic resident. Guðrún Björg Björnsdóttir, who was three years old when she moved from Vopnafjörður to North America with her family, died at 109 years and 310 days old, in August 1998, in the town of Gimli, Manitoba, Canada.