SELECT within SELECT Tutorial
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This tutorial looks at how we can use SELECT statements within SELECT statements to perform more complex queries.
- 1 Bigger than Russia
- 2 Richer than UK
- 3 Neighbours of Argentina and Australia
- 4 Between Canada and Poland
- 5 Percentages of Germany
- 6 Bigger than every country in Europe
- 7 Largest in each continent
- 8 First country of each continent (alphabetically)
- 9 Difficult Questions That Utilize Techniques Not Covered In Prior Sections
Bigger than Russia
List each country name where the population is larger than that of 'Russia'.
world(name, continent, area, population, gdp)
SELECT name FROM world WHERE population > (SELECT population FROM world WHERE name='Romania')
SELECT name FROM world WHERE population > (SELECT population FROM world WHERE name='Russia')
Richer than UK
Show the countries in Europe with a per capita GDP greater than 'United Kingdom'.
SELECT name FROM world WHERE continent='Europe' AND gdp/population > (SELECT gdp/population FROM world WHERE name='United Kingdom')
Neighbours of Argentina and Australia
List the name and continent of countries in the continents containing either Argentina or Australia. Order by name of the country.
SELECT name,continent FROM world WHERE continent IN ( SELECT continent FROM world WHERE name IN ('Australia','Argentina')) ORDER BY name
Between Canada and Poland
Which country has a population that is more than Canada but less than Poland? Show the name and the population.
SELECT name,population FROM world WHERE population BETWEEN (SELECT population+1 FROM world WHERE name='Canada') AND (SELECT population-1 FROM world WHERE name='Poland')
Percentages of Germany
Germany (population 80 million) has the largest population of the countries in Europe. Austria (population 8.5 million) has 11% of the population of Germany.
Show the name and the population of each country in Europe. Show the population as a percentage of the population of Germany.
The format should be Name, Percentage for example:
SELECT name, CONCAT(CAST(ROUND(100*population/(SELECT population FROM world WHERE name = 'Germany'),0) as int), '%') FROM world WHERE continent = 'Europe'
The solution shown only works with MySQL - you can switch engines at the top of the page.
For SQL Server use ROUND(x,0) in place of ROUND(x)
To gain an absurdly detailed view of one insignificant feature of the language, read on.
We can use the word
ALL to allow >= or > or < or <=to act over a list. For example, you can find the largest country in the world, by population with this query:
SELECT name FROM world WHERE population >= ALL(SELECT population FROM world WHERE population>0)
You need the condition population>0 in the sub-query as some countries have null for population.
Bigger than every country in Europe
Which countries have a GDP greater than every country in Europe? [Give the name only.] (Some countries may have NULL gdp values)
SELECT name FROM world WHERE gdp > ALL (SELECT gdp FROM world WHERE continent = 'Europe' AND gdp IS NOT NULL)
We can refer to values in the outer SELECT within the inner SELECT. We can name the tables so that we can tell the difference between the inner and outer versions.
Largest in each continent
Find the largest country (by area) in each continent, show the continent, the name and the area:
SELECT continent, name, population FROM world x WHERE population >= ALL (SELECT population FROM world y WHERE y.continent=x.continent AND population>0)
SELECT continent, name, area FROM world x WHERE area >= ALL (SELECT area FROM world y WHERE y.continent=x.continent and area > 0 )
The above example is known as a correlated or synchronized sub-query.
A correlated subquery works like a nested loop: the subquery only has access to rows related to a single record at a time in the outer query. The technique relies on table aliases to identify two different uses of the same table, one in the outer query and the other in the subquery.
One way to interpret the line in the WHERE clause that references the two table is “… where the correlated values are the same”.
In the example provided, you would say “select the country details from world where the population is greater than or equal to the population of all countries where the continent is the same”.
First country of each continent (alphabetically)
List each continent and the name of the country that comes first alphabetically.
SELECT continent,name FROM world x WHERE x.name <= ALL ( SELECT name FROM world y WHERE x.continent=y.continent)
Difficult Questions That Utilize Techniques Not Covered In Prior Sections
Find the continents where all countries have a population <= 25000000. Then find the names of the countries associated with these continents. Show name, continent and population.
SELECT name,continent,population FROM world x WHERE 25000000 >= ALL ( SELECT population FROM world y WHERE x.continent=y.continent AND y.population>0)
Some countries have populations more than three times that of any of their neighbours (in the same continent). Give the countries and continents.
SELECT name, continent FROM world x WHERE population > ALL (SELECT population*3 FROM world y WHERE y.continent = x.continent AND y.name != x.name)