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Ragnhild Haugen
Ragnhild Haugen
Ragnhild Haugen at the age of 105.
Birth: 29 April 1909
Oslo (then Kristiania), Norway
Death: 28 March 2017
Bergen, Norway
Age: 107 years, 333 days
Country: NorwayNOR

Ragnhild Oddfrid Haugen (née Eriksen; 29 April 1909 – 28 March 2017) was a Norwegian centenarian who was the oldest person in Norway when she died.


Ragnhild Haugen was born as Ragnhild Eriksen in Oslo (then Kristiania), Norway on 29 April 1909 as the youngest of five children born to Ole and Kathinka (née Nilsen) Eriksen. She originally lived with her family in Oslo, but the family later moved to Bergen after her father was offered a chief position at Hansa Breweries. There Ragnhild rode horses to her heart's content. In Bergen, Ragnhild went to school and was confirmed in the local church. A summer house that her parents bought later became her home for over 80 years.

Ragnhild met Finn Haugen, who worked at the brewery, and they married on 2 December 1933. After his death, Ragnhild lived in her home until late 2013, when she moved into a retirement home. When she was 100, she received a letter from the King of Norway, which she framed and out on the wall next to her wedding photo.

Aged 105, Ragnhild commented on how she'd never been ill in her life, and was still active even at that age. Her mother lived to 102 years of age and one of Ragnhild's sisters, Gulovna Askildsen[1] (1903–2010), lived to the age of 107. On 4 January 2017, she became the oldest person in Norway, following the death of 112-year-old Elisabet Ekenaes (the second-oldest Norwegian ever).

Ragnhild Haugen died in Bergen, Norway on 28 March 2017 in Norway at the age of 107 years, 333 days. She was succeeded as Norway's oldest person by Torbjorn Overbo (born 22 August 1909), and Norway's oldest woman by Marie Andersen (born 29 September 1909), who later became Norway’s oldest person.


  1. Gulovna Askildsen

Norway's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria Padderud • Nils Monsen Slaire • Karen Thorsen • Mathias Hansen Saether • Vilhelmine Olsen • Marie Olsen • Gjertrud Aas • Madli Bjoerkenes • Synnoeve Gundersen • Ellen Hoddoe • Beret Esp • Kristine Fredriksen • Ingeborg Time • Hans Aasegg • Tomine Seland • Martha Eike • Olav Holtan • Hulda Lie • Ludvig Froeysland • Karl Holm • Ingebrigt Johansen • Inga Nilsen • Herman Smith-Johannsen • Maren Bolette Torp • Aasne Hustveit • Erik Arnegaard • Klara Joergensen • Inga Storstenvik • Lydianna Endresen • Ella Hagen • Laura Svehaug • Amund Vermedal • Karen Svisdal • Herborg Tjoflot • Olav Hovatn • Harriet Holm • Borghild Nilsen • Anna Gundersen • Asborg Aarli • Ingeborg Thuen • Inger Buchholdt • Emma Bendiksen • Gunda Harangen • Ida Sofie Hanssen • Gudrun Onshuus • Helene Nilsen • Kristi Oektedalen • Ragndid Slotfeldt-Ellingsen • Elisabet Ekenaes • Ragnhild HaugenTorbjorn OverboMarie AndersenPetra HogetveitGudrun NymoenGunhild LyseElsa GundersenVidar Eide