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Franz Wielander
Franz Wielander
Franz Wielander at the age of 100
Birth: 21 January 1914
Austria-Hungary (now Austria)
Age: 108 years, 166 days
Country: AustriaAUT

Franz Wielander (born 21 January 1914) is a Austrian centenarian who currently is the oldest living man in Austria. He also is the second-oldest known man ever in Austria, behind Leopold Vietoris.


Franz Wielander was born in Austria-Hungary (now Austria) on 21 January 1914.

He married Hermine on 12 October 1940. The couple had at least one son: Rudolf Wielander. In 1941, he had to join the Wehrmacht. He was in captivity in Siberia for two years. It was not until 1947 that the couple saw each other again, after Russian captivity at the St. Georgen train station.

His wife Hermine Wielander died in 2017 at the age of 98.

He became the oldest living man in Austria upon the death of 106-year-old Anton Kronberger (1913–2020) on 14 June 2020.

In January 2022, he celebrated his 108th birthday, after recovering from an operation.

Wielander currently lives in his house in St. Podn, Lower Austria, Austria, at the age of 108 years, 166 days, where he is cared for by his son and daughter-in-law.



Austria's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Leopold VietorisSamuel Botscher • Unknown • Anton Bohdal • Johann Bogl • Wilhelm Mahler • Franz Harrer • Josef Kastenhuber • Leopold Engleitner • Albin Pichler • Gunter Fronius • Felix Madl • Franz Peter Winkler • Theodor Zafred • Johann Diesenhofer • Josef Pux • Julius Frauerwieser • Leopold Kriegbaum • Johann Simair • Otto Filipsky • Josef SchadlerMarko FeingoldAlois MayrhoferAnton KronbergerFranz Wielander