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Mariagerfjord is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in North Denmark Region in Denmark. It covers an area of 723.63 km²  and a has a population of 42,000.

On January 1, 2007 Mariagerfjord municipality was created as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007), consisting of the former municipalities of Arden, Hadsund and Hobro, and the major part of Mariager, and a very small part of Aalestrup and a very small part of Nørager municipality.

The municipality consists of the land around Mariager Fjord, its namesake.

In the municipality Mariagerfjord, only the city Mariager and its surrounding areas are an active part of Cittaslow.

Mariager is one of Denmark’s smallest merchant towns. Until about 1410, Mariager was only a small fishing- and ferry village.

The establishment of the Birgittiner convent in approx. 1446 resulted in the rapid sprouting of trade and craft industries. Mariager is called the “City of Roses” and is an idyllic town with cobblestone streets and old timber-framed houses. The town abounds with shops, fine restaurants and lodging establishments. The town’s history is also recounted at Mariager Museum and is evident in the impressive Abbey Church. Hotel Postgården is situated at the quaint town-square where you can also find the Tourist Office, which is housed in the former Town Hall dating back to 1822.

The town’s biggest attraction is Denmark’s Salt Center, located at the harbour. Here you can learn all about the history of salt, visit “subterranean” salt mines, or swim in “The Dead Sea.” Denmark’s Salt Center is an experience for the whole family.

In the summer months take a trip with the Mariager-Handest Vintage Railway – 15 kilometers of nature at its best. The station is located at the harbour, where you will also find the “paddle steamer,” Svanen, which offers daily cruises along Mariager Fjord. You can also combine the Vintage Railway and Svanen in “triangle trip.”

The nature surrounding Mariager offers plentiful opportunities for hiking, bicycling, fishing and sailing. From Hohøj, Scandinavian’s highest Bronze Age burial mound, there is a fabulous panoramic view. In the gorgeous Dania area between Mariager and Hadsund is the area’s largest company, Akzo Nobel Salt A/S, which produces over 600,000 tons of salt annually. A little further towards Hadsund, is the idyllic water mill Aa Mølle, which serves today as a conference center and hotel just across from MariagerFjord Golfclub, which boasts a breathtaking view of Mariager Fjord.

Mariager were saturday 9. march 2013 certified as the second CittaSlow town in Denmark. The concept of CittaSlow is to safeguard the local identity and local charm in communities around the world. CittaSlow creates coherence and creates a focus on all the good values a community has to offer.

Mariager is the quintessence of CittaSlow - We focus on the many good values the town and sorrounding areas has to offer - eg. the long history, the rich cultural life, the ressources and the good local products. By supporting these local values, you strengthen the image of the town and create a sustainable foundation for further prosperity and development.

Cittaslow Mariager is organized with at Cittaslowcouncil. They meet once a month.

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Mogens Jespersen - Mayor of Mariagerfjord