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I am building a database to host about 5 million entries, each of these entries is divided up into different countries.

What is the best way to build and set up the database?

I can think of two ways,

1. Having a separate lookup table for the countries, then having all the entries with a country id and reference it. This would mean all entries are in one table…Would this be slow to run queries etc?

2.The other idea I had was having a different tables for each country so the entries are already in there current country. So each table would be England_entries , france_entries, spain_entries etc and then running queries that way?

Which way would be the best or is there a better way?

Many thanks in advance.
Apr 27 '06 #1
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