“I was quite wild (young girl) and danced a lot. I taught Evert to dance, too!” Anni tells.
Anni Stolpe, 101, and Evert Stolpe, 100, live in Närpiö, Finland. They’ve been married for 80 years.
“I feel like a 50-year old!” Evert says when asked how old or young he feels himself.
Anni, who is 6 months older than Evert, replies: “Well, then I feel myself like a 40-year-old!”
The fun loving couple has always been joking about Evert being the younger one. When something needs to be done, Anni jokingly asks Evert to go because “you’re younger and thus healthier than I am.”
“We’re pretty much always joking like this,” Anni says.
The couple is bilingual with Anni speaking Finnish and Evert speaking Finland’s Swedish. Whenever Anni asks something, Evert answers in Swedish.
“I can speak Finnish, too, but this is how we have always communicated,” Evert tells.
When they met, Anni didn’t speak any Swedish and Evert didn’t speak any Finnish. This didn’t stop the couple from marrying each other right before WWII. Evert had to go to front lines just a week after they wedding. Family members and war buddies helped the couple to write to each other and translate their letters during the war.
The couple doesn’t have any kids. “Yet,” Anni laughs.
They say that 100 years have passed by so quickly. The life has been good and Anni wishes she could still go dancing.
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