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Denmark’s oldest woman passes away at the grand old age of 110

After a work-filled life abstaining from vices, Denmark’s oldest woman has passed away at the age of 110.

Marie Elisabeth Borsting Jensen died peacefully at her home in Sevel, northwestern Jutland, on Friday, revealed her family.

When she was born on 5 June, 1904, Denmark was ruled by King Christian IX, the country still owned West Indian islands and women were still 11 years away from being allowed to vote. At the time of her passing, she had lived through 26 Danish prime ministers as well as two world wars.

Jensen had gone on record previously as stating she believed she was able to enjoy such a long life because she began working from a young age, never smoked and only drank alcohol on occasions. She also noted that two of her aunts lived till 105, while she has a sister that is 98 and still going strong.

After Jensen’s passing, the oldest person in Denmark is now Signe Hojey, who is just a year behind at 109. The oldest man in the country is 108-year-old Georg Ingwersen Jensen. The oldest person in Europe is 115-year-old Emma Morano from Italy.