Aabenraa City Hall

Following the municipal reform, Aabenraa Municipality in 2007 acquired the current city hall, which used to house the administration of the then Southern Jutland County.

The county was created in connection with the 1970 municipal reform, which merged the four counties in Southern Jutland: Haderslev, Tønder, Sønderborg and Aabenraa. A few years later, the county built the new county hall in Aabenraa.

The first chairman of the county council was Erik Jessen, who in 1982 was followed by Kresten Phililpsen and in 2000 by Carl Holst.

The Southern Jutland County was abolished as of 1 January 2007, at which point some county responsibilities were transferred to the four new municipalities of Haderslev, Aabenraa, Tønder and Sønderborg, whereas the administrative responsibility of healthcare, marginalised citizens and regional development was transferred to the new Region of Southern Denmark.

Aabenraa town arms: Since 1421, possibly even earlier, the royal borough of Aabenraa included in its seal three mackerels surrounded by waves to symbolise one of the main trades of the town: fishery. Aabenraa Municipality has continued to use the motive, though reducing the many waves to three.

The new town arms were designed by Ronny Andersen and approved by the Danish National Archives on 9 January 2007. Description of the arms: On a blue base, three silver mackerels swim across three silver waves.