Following the death of Torbjorn Ovrebo last week, Nygaard officially became Norway’s oldest man at the age of 107. He will celebrate his 108th birthday on January 12. In 2017, Norway boasted 945 citizens over the age of 100, reports Nettavisen.
“It’s not true that you have to live healthy to grow old. I have eaten and drank what I wanted throughout my life. I was a big smoker until I reached my forties, but I still have to have a glass of wine every day. It thins out the blood. But I make sure not to drink too much,” said Nygaard told Glomdalen.
“I’ve always had a good mood. One must almost have to live, especially in my age. Once upon a time I had a neighbor who was always mad and angry, so I do not want it. If so, you’re angry with life too.”
“I have not thought so much about it. I know that someone who was older than me died a few days ago, I have been told. But I do not want to think so much about this record. That’s no good thought,” Nygaard added.
Born in 1910 in North Dakota, after his father emigrated from Norway in 1894, Nygaard experienced both world wars. Speaking about the First World War, Nygaard recalled some of his earliest memories. “I remember some episodes from that war as well. Among other things, I remember that my dad gave away one of our horses to the army, the American army.”
George learned to drive in a 1915 Ford Model T, at just 14 years of age. He drove his entire life until the age of 95, when his eyesight started to fade.
Nygaard witnessed the Second World War firsthand, being stationed in Hawaii during his service in the US Navy. He gave up smoking in 1953 but still indulges his other vice by drinking a glass of wine a day.
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