News of: Wednesday, June 29 2005,

Oldest person on earth celebrates 115th birthday

The oldest person currently alive lives in Holland, and her name is Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper. She celebrates her 115th birthday today.

Mrs van Andel-Schipper lives in Hoogeveen, in the North of the Netherlands. She will be visited by princess Laurentien, the mayor of Hoogeveen and a delegation of Ajax, which is her favourite soccer club. The Dutch association of housewifes will declare her a member of honour.
She can call herself the oldest human being since May 30 of this year.

The municipality of Hoogeveen has a page in English about her.

In 2004 the number of persons in the Netherlands who are over 100 years increased with 91 to almost 1,400.