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What Are the Differences between CHAR and NCHAR?

Both CHAR and NCHAR are fixed length data types. But they have the following main differences:

  • CHAR stores characters based on the code page with 1 byte per character most of the time.
  • NCHAR stores characters using Unicode character set with 2 bytes per character most of the time.
  • CHAR(n) specifies a length of n bytes by default.
  • NCHAR(n) specifies a length of n characters by default.

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