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The SQL UNION keyword is used to combine the result-set of two or more SQL SELECT statements. While using UNION keyword, the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • Number of columns in each SELECT statement should equal.
  • Datatype of columns in each SELECT statement should match.
  • Order of columns in each SELECT statement should match.

Syntax

The syntax for using UNION keyword is given below:

SELECT column1, column2, ... FROM table1
UNION
SELECT column1, column2, ... FROM table2

Note: UNION keyword only takes distinct values. To combine duplicate values, UNION ALL keyword can be used.

Example:

Consider database tables called Employee and Vendor with the following records:

Table 1: Employee table

EmpIDNameCityAgeSalary
1JohnLondon303000
2MarryLondon242750
3JoParis272800

Table 2: Vendor table

VendorIDNameCityAge
1KimLondon29
2RameshNew Delhi28
3SureshNew Delhi31

  • To fetch distinct cities from tables Employee and Vendor, the SQL code is given below:

    SELECT City FROM Employee
    UNION
    SELECT City FROM Vendors
    ORDER BY City;
    

    This will produce the result as shown below:

    City
    London
    New Delhi
    Paris
  • To fetch distinct cities from tables Employee and Vendor where age of the person is less than 30, the SQL code is given below:

    SELECT City FROM Employee
    WHERE Age < 30
    UNION
    SELECT City FROM Vendors
    WHERE Age < 30
    ORDER BY City;
    

    This will produce the following result:

    City
    London
    New Delhi
    Paris

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