Elisabet Ekenaes
Elisabet Ekenæs
Birth: 26 December 1904
Oymark, Ostfold county, Norway
Death: 4 January 2017
Oslo, Norway
Age: 112 years, 9 days
Country: NOR FlagNOR
Elisabet Ekenaes [Norwegian: Ekenæs] (26 December 1904 – 4 January 2017) was a Norwegian supercentenarian whose age has officially been validated by the Gerontology Research Group. She was the oldest living person in Norway since 16 August 2012 after the death of Ragndit Slotfeldt-Ellingsen. She had been the oldest living person in the whole of the Nordic region since the death of Selma Tuominen on 12 April 2015.


Elisabet Julie Ekenaes was born in Oymark, the current Marker municipality, but her father died when she was young. She, and her mother, Mathilde Amundsen (born 1870) moved to mother's sister on the farm Hønstvet in Skiptvet. Elisabet and her sister Karoline (born 1903) got very good grades in school, especially in mathematics and Norwegian language. She was born with a club foot. She moved to Oslo. Elisabet stayed for a long time in Valerenga neighbourhood. Her niece, Jorunn Elisabeth Kleppe, has lived with her for over 10 years. Also, Elisabet's mother lived with her in 1950s. She worked as a school teacher for a Mollergata's church. She was devout, never smoked, and never drank alcohol.

On 26 December 2016, Elisabet Ekenaes celebrated her 112th birthday, becoming only the second person in Norway to attain this age (Maren Bolette Torp was the first person in Norway to reach the age of 112).[1]

Ekenaes died on 4 January 2017, aged 112 years, 9 days. Elisabet was also the first validated SC death of 2017. She had been Norway's oldest person for more than four years.[2]



Norway's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Ellen Hoddo • Beret Esp • Kristine Fredriksen • Ingeborg Time • Hans Asegg • Tomine Seland • Martha Eike • Olav Holtan • Hulda Lie • Ludvig Froysland • Karl Holm • Ingebrigt Johansen • Inga Nilsen • Herman Smith-Johannsen • Maren Bolette Torp • Aasne Hustveit • Erik Arnegard • Klara Jorgensen • Inga Storstenvik • Lydianna Endresen • Ella Hagen • Laura Svehaug • Amund Vermedal • Karen Svisdal • Herborg Tjoflot • Olav Hovatn • Harriet Holm • Borghild Nilsen • Anna Gundersen • Asborg Aarli • Ingeborg Thuen • Inger Buchholdt • Emma Bendiksen • Gunda Harangen • Ida Sofie Hanssen • Gudrun Onshuus • Helene Nilsen • Kristi Oktedalen • Ragndid Slotfeldt-Ellingsen • Elisabet Ekenaes • Ragnhild HaugenTorbjorn OverboMarie AndersenPetra Hogetveit

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