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I am trying to import a CSV set of data to join to a shapefile in QGIS but the accented characters and ñ character are displayed as missing in the attribute table and performing a join is impossible.

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    Welcome to GIS SE. As a new user, please take the Tour. The shapefile spec actually predates UTF-8 encoding, so all character set operations have been grafted on, and possibly inconsistently. There are ways to specify the character set of a dBase-III file. Have you done so? Please Edit the question to include the list of file names associated with the shapefile set.
    – Vince
    Jan 5 at 5:05
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    Probably your CSV file is not encoded in UTF8. Please have a look at the following question: encoding issue with CSV in QGIS, it explains how to specify the encoding of the CSV file when importing in QGIS
    – Pieter
    Jan 5 at 7:11

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