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I am typesetting a translation of some ancient poetry book from another language (namely Finnish). In the text there are several quotes which uses the Guillemets (« and »).

Since I am using a UTF-8 encoded document (with \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}) in my text there are directly those symbols.

Upon rendering, however, the symbol closely resemble \ll and \gg, that is "much smaller than" and "much greater than".

Is there a way for me to obtain something more similar to « and » ?

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    A bit of off-topic: Have you ever thought about using the csquotes package? This would make your quotes configurable at one central place. Commented Sep 28, 2012 at 11:05
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    I guess that in my cases the quotes are complex. I am typesetting ancient poetry and often the quotes are very long (songs) and take many verses.
    – Helios
    Commented Sep 29, 2012 at 22:45

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Here's an example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1,OT1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[finnish]{babel}
\begin{document}

«»

\fontencoding{T1}\selectfont
«»

\end{document}

enter image description here

As you can see, the first line has really \ll and \gg, as the guillemets aren't available in the OT1 encoding. In the second line we use a T1-encoded font, which has the guillemets.

So write

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[finnish]{babel}
\begin{document}

«»

\end{document}

and your guillemets will be OK.

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