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Niko Dragos
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Niko Dragos on his 110th birthday.
Birth: 27 August 1907
Griblje, Slovenia
Death: 31 March 2018
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Age: 110 years, 216 days
Country: SVN FlagSVN
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Nikolaj "Niko" Dragos (Slovenian: Dragoš) (27 August 1907 – 31 March 2018) was a Slovenian supercentenarian who was the oldest person in Slovenia at the time of his death. He was the oldest Slovenian man of all time and the first Slovenian man to become a supercentenarian. He was also the last European man born in 1907.

Biography

Dragos was born in Griblje near Crnomelj (present-day Slovenia; Austro-Hungarian Empire at the time of his birth), the ninth of 12 children to Ivan and Barbara Dragos. He finished primary school in Griblje. [1][2] As a young man, he was a good skier, winning the Yugoslav military skiing competition.[2]

Dragos found a job in the Yugoslav military and was sent to a Yugoslav-Bulgarian border in present-day Serbia as a border guard. Later he became a head of the border patrol. At the outbreak of WWII, he was captured by the Germans and sent to a prisoner of war camp in present-day Austria, where he remained until the end of the war.[1][2] After the war, he found a job in the Yugoslav police where he worked primarily as a record clerk. He retired in 1965.[3]

Dragos married in 1947. He had two children, a son and a daughter.[1][2]. At the request of his family, he wrote an autobiography, entitled Mojih sto let (My one hundred years) which was published in 2007.[2] He also played musical instruments throughout his life, and still played tamboura and guitar even as a centenarian.[2] He lived at home in Ljubljana, before moving in to a retirement home at the age of 101.

On 27 August 2017, Dragos became a supercentenarian when he reached the age of 110 years old.[4] He died on 31 March 2018 in Ljubljana at the age of 110 years, 216 days.[5]

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References


Slovenia's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Ivan Likavec • Niko DragosRafael Merkelj


Slovenia's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Marija Bandelj • Katarina Marinic • Vida UrsicAna Marija Kern • Julijana Jamsek • Kristina KranjcNiko DragosMatilda Serec