With a population of approximately 99,000 and a total area of 800 km2, Randers Municipality is among Denmark’s largest municipalities.
Randers Municipality is located in a cosy little corner of East Jutland with a large part of its borders made up of coastline, a total of about 70 km, including Mariager Fjord, the Kattegat and Randers Fjord. The municipality is blessed with a beautiful and varied landscape as well. Small winding paths lead you through forests and plantations, to estuaries and meadows, past fields filled with grazing cows, and up hills that give you breathtaking views of the landscape. You can also find quiet lakes and babbling brooks that lead you to the river Gudenå, Denmark's longest river, which runs its final kilometres through the Randers Municipality to the mouth of Randers Fjord.
The city Randers lies in the heart of Randers Municipality and is the "capital" of the municipality. The mayor and other members of the City Council have their offices and regular City Council meetings in the City Hall in the centre of Randers.
Randers is known as Crown Jutland (Kronjylland) and its inhabitants as Crown Jutlanders (kronjyder), probably due to its large estates owned by the monarchy. It was Denmark's poets who first started to use the term "kronjyde" in the mid-18th century. N. F. S. Grundtvig (1783-1872), Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), and especially Nobel laureate Henrik Pontoppidan (1857-1943) used the term.