Aarne Arvonen

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Aarne Arvonen
Aarne Arvonen
Aarne Arvonen
Born (1897-08-04)4 August 1897
Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland
Died (2009-01-01)1 January 2009
(aged 111 years, 150 days)
Järvenpää, Finland
Allegiance  Finland
Service/branch Red Guards
Years of service 1918
Battles/wars Finnish Civil War

Aarne Armas "Arska" Arvonen (4 August 1897 – 1 January 2009[1]) was, at age 111 years, 150 days, a Finnish supercentenarian. Arvonen was born at a time when Finland was still autonomous part of the Russian Empire. Arvonen was the last known living Finnish person to have been born in the 1800s.[1]


Aarne Arvonen was born in Helsinki and was the last surviving veteran of the Finnish Civil War of 1918 having served for the Red Guard. After the Civil War he spent a year at the Tammisaari prison camp.[2] Arvonen later lived in Kallio, Helsinki, and had two daughters, Irma and Paula, with his wife Sylvi Emilia Salonen. At this time Arvonen was a smoker. His wife died in 1938, and that year he moved to Järvenpää, where he eventually lived in the Vanhankylänniemi rest home.[3] In the summer of 2005, Arvonen was still living in a house he had built himself. Soon afterwards, however, he was hospitalized due to nephritis. He recovered from the inflammation, and his health was good still in 2008, but he had lost his sight and needed a hearing aid.

Arvonen was interested in astronomy since his childhood, and in 1921 he became a founding member of the Finnish amateur astronomy association Ursa. His membership lasted nearly 87 years. He visited London during his centenary celebrations in 1997, and celebrated his 111th birthday in 2008 with his family, but skipped his yearly trip to the local McArthur pub, making it a low key affair.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Suomen viimeinen 1800-luvulla syntynyt kuoli - HS.fi - Kotimaa". 28 April 2014. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "At age 105, Aarne Arvonen still knows how to enjoy life" Helsingin Sanomat International Edition, 6 August 2002. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Suomi - Uutiset - Ilta-Sanomat". 27 September 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Finland's oldest person turns 111 years old". 12 February 2012. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2017.