Randers Municipality was formed on the January 1, 2007, by merging the former Randers Municipality with the former Purhus and Nørhald Municipalities, the western part of the former Sønderhald Municipality, large parts of the former Langå Municipality, and the Havndal area of the former Mariager Municipality. This joined an old market town municipality and a local trade center with several typical rural municipalities.
Randers Municipality is nestled in a cozy 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 Guden (Gudenå), Denmark’s longest river, which runs its final kilometers through the Randers Municipality to the mouth of Randers Fjord.
The city Randers lies in the heart of Randers Municipality. Randers itself is the “capital” of the municipality, where the mayor and other members of the City Council have their offices and regular City Council meetings in the City Hall in the center of the city. The City Hall is also where some of the marriages in Randers Municipality are held.
Randers is known as Crown Jutland (Kronjylland) and its inhabitants as Crown Jutlanders (Kronjyde), 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.