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Astrid Qvist
Astrid Qvist
Qvist at the age of 107.
Birth: 6 March 1912
Ostrobothnia, Russian Empire (now Finland)
Age: 110 years, 115 days
Country: FinlandFIN
Unvalidated

Astrid Qvist (née Martens; born 6 March 1912) is a Finnish supercentenarian who is currently the oldest living person in Finland and the Nordic Countries. Her age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).

Biography

Astrid Qvist was born as Astrid Martens in village of Töjby, Ostrobothnia, Finland on 6 March 1912. She had two older sisters. Elvida and Ester, who lived to be 104 and 102 years old, respectively.

She remember when Finland was a part of the Russian empire and two russian soldiers came a night and demanded to be allowed to put their belongings in the familys wardrobe. But later, the family and the soldiers became friends. She attended school for four years, but later needed to work at home.

She married Einar Qvist in 1931. They had two children: Harry Qvist (1931–1975), and Viva Melander (born 1933). In the late 50s, she travalled to her daughter in the U.S for nine days. Harry died of a heart attack in sauna and shortly after Einar died. Later, her daughter Viva moved back to Finland to help Astrid on the farm.

When asked what her secret to longevity is, she claims she never did anything in particular, but cited a good diet and hard work as possible explanations for her long life.

She became the oldest known living person in Finland, following the death of Helvi Harma on 24 December 2020.

In March 2022, Qvist celebrated her 110th birthday.

She became the oldest known living person in the Nordic Countries, following the death of Flarid Lagerlund of Sweden on 9 April 2022.

Astrid Qvist currently lives at the same retirement home as her daughter, in Narpes, Ostrobothnia, Finland, at the age of 110 years, 115 days.

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Finland's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Anna Runer • Unidentified • Unidentified • Anna Kreetta WettainenLeena JuhanantytarLovisa LindholmErik StrömMaja GrefMaria FlinkMaja Greta HedemanMaria Helena FrimanPietari HeijaAnna Gavrilova KomonenLovisa VehmaskangasUlla NummelinMaria PalinAnders Johan Forss • Unidentified • Eva EnströmIsak SmedbergHedvig SateriAnders LindholmMaria HolmbergMaria AhonenLeena LindqvistKajsa FellmanMaria TörnuddMaria KoskinenFredrika MännistöErkki HelminenHeikki KämäräinenAlexander von StahlOlivia RosvallKajsa ForsstromEva BlomqvistMaria PekuriInes AchrenOlga ToivonenElina PeuralaAleksandra LindroosElisabeth RantamakiLiisa StrellmanAmalia WalleniusIda SaarinenMaria ValimakiMaria KumlanderAmanda RiihelaMathilda HonkaFanny NystromIda Virenius • Klaara Tyyniaho • Amanda Moksi • Maria Rothovius • Daisy Göhle • Sigrid Viik • Hilda Hakkinen • Anna Hagman • Elsa Tilkanen • Aarne Arvonen • Viljo Kekola • Jussi Leskinen • Aino Yrttimaa • Selma Tuominen • Helvi Karki • Helfrid Eriksson • Saara AhonenHelvi HarmaAstrid Qvist

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