Very common encoding problem is when you are trying to export cyrillic mysql database to CSV for MS Excel. We all know what is the normal export procedure – go to phpMyAdmin > select the desired table and click Export.
For Export Method choose Custom – display all possible options. Then change the encoding to utf-16.
The problem when you do the export in utf-16 might be that all the columns might be in one column. So there is a better way.
Export your cyrillic mysql in utf-8, then open it with Notepad (right click on the icon -> open with -> Notepad). After that click Save as -> make sure the encoding is utf-8 and then type for File name -> name.csv.
That’s it. After you open it again in MS Excel everything should look fine.