The oldest inhabitant of Spain is a 114-year-old Barcelonian woman, Ana Vela Rubio. If longevity lists are to be trusted, there are only 4 people older than her: Emma Morano from Italy (116 years old), Violet Brown from Jamaica (116 years old), Nabi Tajima (116 years old) and Chiyo Miyako (115 years old) from Japan. Ana is a Catholic, she used to work as a dressmaker, gave birth to four children, and currently resides in a retirement home called La Verenda. Today, there are 14,487 people over 100 years old registered in Spain. Only Japan is ahead when it comes to longevity. It is believed that such a high index is due to the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, mass quitting of cigarette smoking, low suicide rates and the consumption of oleic acid found in jamon.