You may need to read / write some special symbols like these æ,Ø,å etc, into a text file. I had a similar situation where I needed to write some danish characters into the file.
Below is what I had used.
Dim encoding As Encoding encoding = New UTF8Encoding() Dim sw As StreamWriter sw = New StreamWriter("filename.txt", False, encoding) sw.WriteLine("vaøøibhav") sw.WriteLine("vøøøøvvs") sw.Close()
And if all fails, try this
Dim sw As New StreamWriter("filename.txt", False, System.Text.Encoding.Default)