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Jens Peter Westergaard
Jens Peter Westergaard
Birth: 26 April 1914
Odense, Syddanmark, Denmark
Age: 108 years, 72 days
Country: DenmarkDEN

Jens Peter Westergaard (born 26 April 1914) is a Danish centenarian who is currently the oldest living man in Denmark, and ( likely) all of the Nordic region.


Jens Peter Vestergaard was born in Odense (Skt. Hans), Syddanmark, Denmark on 26 April 1914. His father worked as a butcher. At the age of 105, the earliest memory he could recall was from when he was only about four years old, where he remembers hearing his father talking with his customers about World War I, although he admitted he was too young at the time to know exactly what they were talking about.

In 1944 he married Gerda Nygaard Pedersen in Odense. This marriage would last for 25 years before Gerda's death. He would later remarry, getting engaged with another woman named Inge, with whom this marriage would last for 17 years before her death. After the death of his second wife he was in a relationship with a third woman named Nina, who also died 17 years after they met, although they never married.

He managed public transportation in his city, and oversaw the transition from trams to buses in Odense. He retired at age 70.

At the age of 104, when asked if he ever thought about the future, he replied that he had experienced everything he wanted to in life, and was against the idea of doctors trying to prolong his life. He stated that while he was content with his life in old age, he did miss being able to ride his bicycle.


He became the oldest known living man in Syddanmark following the death of Kristian Rasmussen on 15 March 2017.

He became the oldest living man in Denmark, and (likely) all of the Nordic region, following the death of 108-year-old Eloff Gyldvig Rasmussen on 9 October 2020.

On 18 February 2021, he became the oldest living person in Syddanmark following the death of Grethe Pedersen.

On 26 March 2021, he surpassed Carl Pedersen (1902-2009) to become one of the 20 oldest men ever to live in Denmark.

On 29 October 2021, he surpassed Alfred Kristiansen (1897-2005) to become one of the 10 oldest men ever to live in Denmark.

On 30 October 2021, he surpassed Orla Thyge Johansen (1912-2020) to become the 9th oldest man ever to live in Denmark

On 9 January 2022, he surpassed Valdemar Joergensen (1908-2016) to become the 8th oldest man ever to live in Denmark.

On 13 May 2022, he surpassed Niels Nielsen (1883-1991) to become the 7th oldest man ever to live in Denmark.

Jens Peter Westergaard moved from Odense in 2020, and currently lives at Othello in Fredericia, Syddanmark, Denmark, at the age of 108 years, 72 days. He currently is the oldest known living person in Syddanmark, and the third-oldest known living person in Denmark, behind Karen Rigmor Moritz, and Kirsten Schwalbe.


Denmark's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Christian Banke • Mads P Kehlet • Thomas Mogensen • August MatthiesenPeder Klausen • Anders Soerensen • Hans J Petersen • Matthias Petersen • Andreas M Hansen • Johannes W Hansen • Peder O Soerensen • Christian Aaberg • Hans P Nissen • Hans P Jensen • Lars P Johansen • Peder Puggaard • Niels C Andersen • P L P Mollerup • Peter Brandorff • Hans Petersen • Soeren Pedersen • Johannes Hansen • Christian Trolle • Niels Rasmussen • Niels Nielsen • Christian Joergensen • Alfred Lorentsen • Hans P Hansen • Axel Spliid • Povl Povlsen • Anders Lauridsen • Carl S Moeller • Hans P Andersen • Hans Bagge • Ejner Christensen • Alfred Kristiansen • Torkil Dressoe • Niels Graversen • Martin Gammelgaard • Carl Pedersen • Carl Lund • Alfred Laugesen • Peder Moeller • Svend Hansen • Aage Nielsen • Georg I Jensen • Holger Hartmann • Alfred Nielsen • Niels Toft • Kristian Rasmussen • Eloff G Rasmussen • Jens P Westergaard