Randers Municipality is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region Midtjylland on the Jutland peninsula in central Denmark. The municipality covers an area of 748.21 km², and has a population of 96,559 (1 April 2014). Its mayor as of 1 January 2014 is Claus Omann Jensen, a member of Venstre. The main town and the site of its municipal council is the city of Randers.
Municipalities of Denmark
The old Town Hall on the square in Randers with statue of Niels Ebbesen in front
|• Mayor||Claus Omann Jensen|
|• Total||748.21 km2 (288.89 sq mi)|
(1 April 2014)
|• Density||130/km2 (330/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC2 (CEST)|
The Guden River (Gudenå), Denmark's longest river, runs from Randers Fjord in Nørhald municipality to the east, through the city of Randers, and splits in two ca. 5 kilometers west of the central city. The northern tributary is called Nørreå ("Northern River"), and it continues westward, defining part of the boundary between Århus and Viborg Counties, and terminates at Vedsø ("Lake Ved") near the town of Rindsholm in Viborg municipality. The 160 kilometer long Guden River continues to Tinnet Krat in Vejle County.
The city's nearly 3 kilometer long Guden River Park (Gudenåparken) stretches along the river's banks in the center of the town.
On 1 January 2007 Randers municipality was, as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007), merged with existing Nørhald, Purhus, and a portion of each of the following municipalities— Langå, Sønderhald, and Mariager— to form an enlarged Randers municipality.
The municipality is composed by the city of Randers and 31 villages:
- Emmelie de Forest, singer and the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013
- Henrik Pontoppidan (1857–1943), Nobel Prize laureate
- Former Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag (1962–1968 and 1971–1972) was born and raised in Randers in 1914, and lived there until 1932. He was the city's representative in Parliament (Folketinget) during most of his active Parliament career. He represented the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) political party.
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