How to print Unicode character in Python?

I want to make a dictionary where English words point to Russian and French translations.

How do I print out unicode characters in Python? Also, how do you store unicode chars in a variable?

Solution is

Here’s an example running in the Python 2.x interactive console:

>>> print u'\u0420\u043e\u0441\u0441\u0438\u044f'
??????

In Python 2, prefixing a string with ‘u’ declares them as Unicode-type variables, as described in the Python Unicode documentation.

In Python 3, the ‘u’ prefix is now optional:

>>> print('\u0420\u043e\u0441\u0441\u0438\u044f')
??????

If running the above commands doesn’t display the text correctly for you, perhaps your terminal isn’t capable of displaying Unicode characters.

These examples use Unicode escapes (\u...), which allows you to print Unicode characters while keeping your source code as plain ASCII. This can help when working with the same source code on different systems. You can also use Unicode characters directly in your Python source code (e.g. print u'??????' in Python 2), if you are confident all your systems handle Unicode files properly.

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