Karen Jespersen
Karen Jespersen
Birth: 5 May 1889
Torrild, Odder, Denmark
Death: 4 August 2000
Aabyhoj, Aarhus, Denmark
Age: 111 years, 91 days
Country: DEN FlagDEN

Karen Jespersen (née Ryberg; 5 May 1889 – 4 August 2000)[1] was a verified Danish supercentenarian. She is the third-oldest Dane ever (fifth if emigrants are included).


Karen Jespersen was born Karen Marie Ryberg on 5 May 1889 in Torrild located near Odder south of Aarhus. She married in 1914 when she was in her mid 20s. The couple then settled in Aarhus with their son. Karen was widowed in 1969 and lived in her own home until she was 110, when she moved to Aabygaard Nursing Home in Aabyhoj.[2][3]

Karen Jespersen died on 4 August 2000 aged 111 years, 91 days, just 24 days short of surpassing Anne Matthiesen, who was the longevity recordholder of Denmark.


  1. GRG Table A - Verified supercentenarians (Listed Chronologically by birth date) as of 1 January 2014
  2. Danmarks ældste er død Berlingske
  3. Danmarks ældste er død Jyllands-Posten

Denmark's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Agnes Bruun • Sophie Madsen • Hans J Petersen • Marie Hansen • Andreas M Hansen • Ane Marie Johansen • Rasmine Rogersen • Johannes W Hansen • Birthe Marie Kjaer • Andrea Pedersen • Ane Sofie Petersen • Sine Madsen • Marie Petersen • Olga Hansen • Marie E Rasmussen • Anna M Moeller • Louise A Bramsen • Johannes Hansen • Ragnhild Linnet • Martha Joergensen • Maren Jensen • Niels Nielsen • Anne Matthiesen • Olga Kofoed • Kristiane Hasager • Karen Jespersen • Nikoline Vang • Kirsten Hoejrup • Mette Andersen • Johanne Holm • Kirsten Kjaer • Johanne Grann • Ane Cathrine Madsen • Jenny Kristensen • Karen Edland • Torkil Dressoe • Adelheid Nielsen • Magda Hedetoft • Thyra Kongsoe • Elly Karin Hansen • Else Lundblad • Ella Hansen • Else Jensen • Dora Jensen • Agnes Hansen • Agnes Steenstrup • Marie Jensen • Signe Hoejer • Ellen BrandenborgKarla Lindholm Jensen

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