Why elderly Swede isn't the world's oldest woman
The Local · 13 May 2016, 17:07
Published: 13 May 2016 17:07 GMT+02:00
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Italian centenarian Morano hit the headines today as she became the world's oldest living person at the age of 116.
Attributing her longevity to eating two raw eggs a day, the Verbania native took the crown following the death of American Susannah Mushatt Jones who was four months her senior.
But could there already be a challenger to the throne in Scandinavia?
Sweden’s official registers contain a record of a woman currently living in the country who was born on June 1st, 1899 – almost six months before Morano’s November 29th, 1899, birthdate.
That would make the evergreen Swede the oldest person in the world by a considerable distance, but all is not quite what it seems.
The Local contacted Sweden’s Tax Agency for more information on the potential record breaker, and sadly, the myth was busted.
“The woman in question has an inaccurate 'personnummer' (the personal number, containing the bearer's date of birth, assigned to an individual once they take up residence in Sweden). She wasn’t born so early,” a Skatteverket spokesperson explained.
“We’ve had a few questions about it from people over the years. It’s a mistake, but we can’t find any official papers to detail her real age,” the tax authority elaborated.
Skatteverket did say that the possible centenarian “isn’t 70 years younger than recorded and definitely looks very old,” but they are certain that the world’s oldest title isn’t hers to claim, with the final word going to the family.
“We’ve spoken with the kids and even they’ve said ‘mum isn’t that old!’. It’s too good to be true. It sounds wrong, and we know it’s wrong,” the Skatteverket representative concluded.
The Local contacted the woman's family who did not wish to comment.
It looks like Italy’s Emma Morano can rest easy with her new title and continue to focus on those two raw eggs a day.