Maren Bolette Torp
Maren Bolette Torp
Birth: 21 December 1876
Fet, Ostlandet, Norway
Death: 20 February 1989
Oslo, Ostlandet, Norway
Age: 112 years, 61 days
Country: NorwayNOR

Maren Bolette Torp (née Kristiansen; 21 December 1876 – 20 February 1989) was a Norwegian supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group. At the final age of 112 years and 61 days, she is the the oldest lived person in the history of Norway, inheriting the title from Norwegian-Canadian skier Herman Smith-Johannsen, who died just a year prior in 1987.


Maren Bolette Kristiansen was born in Fet, Akershus, Ostlandet, Norway on 21 December 1876 as the eldest of eight children born to Ludvig Christiansen (1850–1940) and Anne Nielsdatter (1848–1935). She grew up in the area and later came to Kristiania (present day Oslo). She met and married Ole Arnt Torp and had eight children together with him. She was widowed in 1929. She remained in Oslo for the rest of her life. She lived independently up until she was 95, after which one of her daughters helped care for her. Her daughter died in 1987 and Maren moved into a nursing home.

On 21 December 1986, she became the first supercentenarian from Norway (excluding Norwegian emigrants like Wilhelmine Sande and Herman Smith-Johannsen) and became the Norwegian longevity recordholder on 13 July 1988 at the age of 111 years, 205 days after suprassing Smith-Johannsen's final age. On 21 December 1988, she was the first Norwegian person who celebrated her 112th birthday. At the age of 112, it was mentioned that she was fragile and was nursed in a hospital for several years.

Maren Bolette Torp died in Oslo, Ostlandet, Norway on 20 February 1989, aged 112 years, 61 days. At the time of her death, she was one of the oldest people in the world (she was even considered the world's oldest living person until Jeanne Calment's age was validated) and the third oldest living person in Europe behind Calment and Lydie Vellard, both from France. Her secret to her long life was working and living a moderate life.



Norway's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria Padderud • Nils Monsen Slaire • Karen Thorsen • Mathias Hansen Saether • Vilhelmine Olsen • Marie Olsen • Gjertrud Aas • Madli Bjoerkenes • Synnoeve Gundersen • Ellen Hoddoe • Beret Esp • Kristine Fredriksen • Ingeborg Time • Hans Aasegg • Tomine Seland • Martha Eike • Olav Holtan • Hulda Lie • Ludvig Froeysland • Karl Holm • Ingebrigt Johansen • Inga Nilsen • Herman Smith-Johannsen • Maren Bolette Torp • Aasne Hustveit • Erik Arnegaard • Klara Joergensen • 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 Oektedalen • Ragndid Slotfeldt-Ellingsen • Elisabet Ekenaes • Ragnhild HaugenTorbjorn OverboMarie AndersenPetra HogetveitGudrun NymoenGunhild Lyse

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