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mssql 2008 collation, no utf-8?

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Hi;

I need to setup a database of MSSQL 2008, and need to set a collation. Yet, I couldn't find utf-8 option in it?

What is the broadest collation that I can go for so that I won't have headaches in terms of it in future?

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There is no "broadest collation".  

See this link for more info:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143726(v=sql.100).aspx

Essentially collations provide the rules that help you sort your data.  You can change it on the fly later, but it really depends on your business logic.
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Hi;

Is charset or globalization important in this? I don't know which questions I should ask in this case? Can you help me by asking? Do you plan to have this or that in database? Hmm..

The database will contain major nordic country charsets.

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Hi Jazz,

Globalization is important in this.  

Even though this is for mysql this demonstrates what the effects of different collations are:
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/charset-collation-effect.html

And here is a post that is close to yous in terms of what collation to select in Scandanavien countries:
http://dynamicsuser.net/forums/p/20679/95573.aspx

Again, just because you choose one collation now doesn't mean you're forced into that path.  You can change it later on if you find out it's not the optimal one for you.

Questions I would be asking are what types of languages / character sets they plan on storing as nvarchars in the db.  Is there any plan for expansion?
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