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Julijana Zakrajšek

Julijana Zakrajšek is a Slovenian supercentenarian who holds the record for being the oldest resident in the country's history. Her age has not been validated by LongeviQuest.


Zakrajšek was born into a large peasant family in the village of Opalkovo in the Municipality of Velike Lašče, Central Slovenia, Slovenia (then Austria-Hungary), on 28 October 1912. She had five sisters and four brothers. Her mother lived to be 89 years old. As a young woman, she moved to Ljubljana where she learned how to knit.

Zakrajšek never married because, as she claimed, there was no opportunity for her to marry due to the circumstances of the Second World War. She had a boyfriend who was drafted at the beginning of the war and never returned. She spent the most of her adult life in Ljubljana, where she worked.

After retiring, she returned to her native village of Opalkovo, where she lived with her sister. Around 2011, they moved to live with their niece in the village of Podulaka. In the following years, both her sister and niece passed away, leaving her to live alone.

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On 7 March 2019, following the death of 109-year-old Matilda Serec, she became the oldest living person in Slovenia.

In October 2022, she celebrated her 110th birthday, becoming the second woman in Slovenia to reach supercentenarian status, after Katarina Marinič (1899–2010).

On 2 June 2023, at the age of 110 years, 217 days, she surpassed Niko Dragoš‘s age, becoming the second-oldest person to ever live in Slovenia. On 1 September 2023, at the age of 110 years, 308 days, she surpassed Marinič’s final age, becoming the oldest person to ever live in Slovenia.

In October 2023, she celebrated her 111th birthday, becoming the first person in Slovenia to reach the age of 111, and the second Slovenian person to reach this age, behind Sophie Hules (1909–2020), who passed away in the United States.

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* “Julijana proslavila 110. rođendan: Nisam se udavala, ovo je moja tajna dugog života” – Dnevni avaz, 12 November 2022

* “Najstarejša Slovenka: Luštno je bilo. Zdaj je pa tudi.” – Svet24, 25 January 2023

* “Julijana Zakrajšek slavi 111 let življenja” – E-UTRIP, 27 October 2023