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I was asked this question in an interview and I could not get my mind around it, and now it is bothering me a lot!

If you have a table CANADA(PROVINCE, CITY, POPULATION). - Population is correlated with the population of one city. - There are multiple cities in a province.

Question: Write a query that would list the total population of each Province.

I am a beginner when it comes to SQL related questions. Knoweldge of SQL was not in my job description, but they just wanted to know if I could solve it.

I came up with this: SELECT PROVINCE, POPULATION WHERE CANADA GROUP BY PROVINCE

However I did not know how to move forward with this. I would like to know of I am going the right direction please!

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  • There are a lot of free SQL tutorials on the Internet and I would recommend you go through one. That will be much more helpful than just having someone give you the answer. – Tony Hinkle Mar 9 '19 at 22:27
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You need to include the aggregate operation to get the sum of population. So:

SELECT Province, SUM(Population) AS PopulationSum FROM CANADA GROUP BY Province

In english it would be, I want the sum of the population column, by province from the Canada table.

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