George Melford Nygaard is Norway’s newly declared ‘oldest man’. At the age of 107, the man thinks that the two secrets to a long life are sixty cigarettes and a glass of wine a day.
After the death of Norway’s last oldest man, Torbjorn Ovrebo, Nygaard officially became Norway’s eldest. He will celebrate his 108th birthday on January 12, 2018.
“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,” Nygaard was quoted as telling Glomdalen.
The man was born in 1910 in North Dakota after his father emigrated from Norway in 1894. The man lived through both world wars and witnessed the Second World War firsthand. He gave up smoking in 1953 but still loves drinking a glass of wine every day.
After his wife’s passing in 1992, Nygaard moved into a retirement home where he has lived ever since.