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The Nobel Prize for Literature has come home to Sweden for the first time in nearly four decades.

Swedish poet Tomas Transtroemer won this year’s award.

The jury praised Transtroemer’s “condensed, transluscent images”, saying they gave fresh access to reality.

The 80-year-old has been tipped on numerous occasions to win literature’s most prestigious award.

His work has been translated into more fifty languages.

Transtroemer lives in Vasteras, west of Stockholm with his wife Monica, who often speaks on his behalf. The poet suffered a stroke in 1990.

The last time Sweden won the prize was in 1974 when Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson shared the award.

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