Iceland’s oldest living citizen has just celebrated her 109th birthday.
Dora Olafsdottir celebrated her big day at the Skjoli nursing home in Iceland’s capital Reykjavík on 6th July.
For the birthday, she visited Dalurinn Cafe in Laugardalur in Reykjavík with family members.
Still very energetic and in good health, Dora gets around with a help of a walker, likes to keep up with the news, reads books, and knits.
Dora was born in 1912 in the municipality of Grytubakkahreppur. She lived in Akureyri for a long time where she worked for the National Telephone Company. She decided to move to the capital in 2000.
Dora is now the sixth oldest Icelander ever. All five residents before her have also been women. In addition to this, Dora is also the ninth oldest person living in a Nordic country.
Having lived through the First World War, the Second World War, the Spanish Flu, and the last Katla eruption, Dora holds a strong opinion about modern day life: “I just don’t think people take it seriously enough.
“People just think about the clothes they are wearing and other things after that.”
She is very cheerful and enjoys life but does not want to make any plans for her next birthday. She also notes that she misses her husband who passed away 20 years ago.
She said: “I don’t mind getting much older, but I also need to go see my husband.”