Randers

 

 

Randers is a city in East Jutland with 62,482 inhabitants (2020), which makes it Denmark's 6th largest city. In East Jutland, Randers is the second largest city after Aarhus. The town is located at the mouth of the Gudenåen northeastern end and at the same time at the bottom of Randers Fjord with steep hills on the north side. From ancient times, Randers has been an important traffic hub for northbound and southbound roads, which met at the narrow crossing point at Randers, from where there was also access by ship into Randers Fjord. Today, there are train connections to Langå and Hobro from the city's railway station, just as all IC trains heading north stop here. Randers is located in the part of the Northeast Jutland area that is popularly called Kronjylland.

 

History

Randers' history can be traced back to at least the Middle Ages. The town was founded at the mouth of the Gudenåen, by what is today called Randers fjord. The city has been important as a trading town throughout its history. There have been several significant people in Randers' history, including Niels Ebbesen. Several different churches and monasteries were founded in the city. By industrialization, Randers got several different factories and a railway. Industrialization led to an increase in the population from 7,338 in 1850 to 24,428 in 1916, a development that continued through the interwar period whereby there were 32,928 inhabitants in 1940. In 2020, the population of Randers city is 62,482.