Randers the City and Randers the Municipality

Citizens of Randers Municipality are rightly able to claim that they live in a large municipality. With a population of nearly 96.000, and a total area of 800 km2, the municipality is among Denmark’s largest.

Randers Kommune was formed by merging the former municipalities of Purhus, Nørhald and Randers Kommunes, along with western Sønderhald and most of Langå and Havndal Kommunes, on the 1st of January, 2007. This joined an old market town municipality – and a local trade center – with several typical rural municipalities.

Randers Kommune is nestled in a cozy little corner of East Jutland, with a large section of its borders made up of coastline, a total of about 70 km, including the Mariager Fjord, the Kattegat, and Randers Fjord. The municipality is blessed with a beautiful and varied countryside as well. Small, winding paths lead you through forests and plantations, estuaries and meadows, past rolling fields filled with grazing cows, up hills that give you breathtaking views of both the countryside and the fjord. You can also find quiet lakes and babbling brooks which lead you to the Gudenå, Denmark’s longest river, which runs its final kilometers through the municipality to the mouth of Randers Fjord.

Randers the city and Randers the Municipality

Randers lies in the heart of Randers Municipality (Randers Kommune). The municipality is made up of a number of smaller towns and cities, some of whom used to be part of other, smaller municipalities that were consolidated in 2007, as noted elsewhere. Randers itself is the ‘capital’ of the municipality, and where the mayor (borgmester) and other members of the City Council (Byrådet) have their offices, and regular City Council meeting in the City Hall (Rådhuset), in the center of town. The City Hall is also where some of the weddings taking place in Randers Kommune are officiated.

Within this site, Randers will refer to the city itself, while Randers Kommune or Randers Municipality will refer to the municipality (kommune) as a whole.