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Elisabeth Ekenæs

Marco Wikkerink
Validated By: Marco Wikkerink On Date: Jan. 11th 2016

Julie Elisabeth Ekenæs (née Jensen) was a Norwegian supercentenarian whose age has officially been validated by the Gerontology Research Group. She was the oldest living person in Norway since the 16 August 2012 death of Ragndid Slotfeldt-Ellingsen and all of the Nordic region since the death of Finland's Selma Tuominen on 13 March 2015.


Ekenæs was born in Oymark, the current Marker municipality, but her father died when she was young. She, and her mother, Mathilde Amundsen (1870-?) moved to mother’s sister on the farm Hønstvet in Skiptvet. Elisabet and her sister Karoline (1903-?) got very good grades in school, especially in mathematics and Norwegian language. She was born with a club foot. She moved to Oslo. Ekenæs stayed for a long time in Valerenga neighbourhood. Her niece, Jorunn Elisabeth Kleppe, lived with her for over 10 years. Also, Ekenæs’ 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, Ekenæs 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).

Ekenæs died on 4 January 2017, aged 112 years, 9 days. She was the first validated supercentenarian death of 2017. She had been Norway’s oldest person for more than four years.

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Ekenæs’ age was verified by Anson Davis, Marco Wikkerink, Wacław Jan Kroczek, and Thor Kleppe, and was validated by the GRG on 11 January 2016.