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Iceland's oldest man interviewed by Men's Health magazine

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  • Iceland's oldest person At the age of 106-years old, Georg Breiðfjörð Ólafsson is Iceland’s oldest living person. He was born in Dalasýsla region, worked as a shipbuilder, and claims he hasn’t got the faintest clue what the secret to his longevity is. Photo/Jóhannes Kjartansson

Iceland’s oldest man was recently interviewed by Men’s Health’s Jim Thornton in a bid to find out why Icelandic men’s life expectancy is so high, reports Vísir. According to WHO, Iceland is among the world’s top then countries with the highest life expectancy, with the average of 82.97 years.

At the age of 106-years old, Georg Breiðfjörð Ólafsson is Iceland’s oldest living person. He was born in Dalasýsla region, worked as a shipbuilder, and claims he hasn’t got the faintest clue what the secret to his longevity is.

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In his article, Thornton wonders whether the secret to a long life could be a mixture of a healthy diet of fresh fish, dairy and lamb, hard labour, and positive thinking – something that has characterised all of Georg’s long life.

“The people around me always had a positive outlook on life and I adapted that same attitude,” Georg said. And he has managed to maintain that mentality despite his losses. “Of course it’s sad that my wife, friends and family have long passed. But such is life and my motto is to accept all that life offers.”

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