Export to pdf, txt and the utf8-problem

can’t seem to figure it out. I have text saved as UTF8 in my MySQL
database, and it shows up fine in the browser. However, I want to
export to pdf (pdf;writer) and csv-text. When I do that the accented
foreign characters do not show up.

I’ve tried to convert them before exporting, but I don’t seem to be
able to get it right. (Iconv etc. do not seem to convert it.) I’ve
also looked it up on the forum, but I can’t find the right solution.
Any suggestion is greatly appreciated.