Robinson (TV series)

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GenreReality competition
Created byCharlie Parsons[1]
Developed byPlanet 24
Theme music composerJon Rekdal[2]
Country of originSweden
Original languageSwedish
No. of seasons24
Running time60 minutes (1997–2005, 2012, 2018–)
85 minutes (2009–2011)
30 minutes (2018–)
Production companiesStrix Television (1997–2005)
Silverback/ITV Studios & Castaway (2009–2012)
Mastiff (2015)
Original release
NetworkSVT (1997–2003)
TV3 (2004–2005)
TV4 (2009–2012, 2018–present)
Sjuan (2015)
Release13 September 1997 (1997-09-13) –

Robinson, formerly Expedition Robinson, is a Swedish reality game show and the original version of the international Survivor format.

The television show places a group of strangers in an isolated location, where they must provide food, fire, and shelter for themselves. They are initially divided into two tribes. The contestants compete in challenges for rewards and immunity from elimination. The remaining contestants are eventually merged into a single tribe. The contestants are progressively eliminated from the game as they are voted out by their fellow contestants or, as may be the result after the merge, lose an immunity challenge until only one remains and is awarded the grand prize.

The format was developed in 1994 by Charlie Parsons for a United Kingdom TV production company called Planet 24, but the Swedish debut in 1997 was the first production to actually make it to television.[3] The show was a success, and plans for international versions were made. An American version called Survivor started in 2000.


The name alludes to both Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson, two stories featuring people marooned by shipwrecks.

Twelve to 20 contestants are put into a survival situation and compete in a variety of physical challenges. Early in each season two teams compete but later on the teams are merged and the competitions become individual. Contestants are eliminated through tribal councils and, after merging, losing immunity challenges until the final challenge where the winner wins the competition.


Planet 24 was owned by Charlie Parsons and Bob Geldof.[1] Their company Castaway Television Productions retained the rights to the concept when they sold Planet 24 in 1999. In July 2017, Banijay Group acquired Castaway Television Productions.[4]


List of Expedition Robinson seasons
Year Location Days Castaways Original tribes Winner Runner(s)-up Final vote Prize Host Producer(s)
1997 Babi Tengah, Malaysia 47 16 Two tribes of eight Martin Melin Kent Larsen 6-2 500,000 SEK
Harald Treutiger Anders Eriksson
1998 Pulau Mataking and Pulau Pompom, Malaysia 47 15 Two tribes of seven, and a "joker" entering at tribe merge Alexandra Zazzi Birgitta Åberg 7–2 Mikael Hylin
1999 Cadlao, Philippines 47 17 Four tribes of four, and a "joker" entering at tribe merge Jerker Dalman Klas Granström 5–4 Anders Lundin Mattias Olsson
2000 Pulau Mensirip, Malaysia 47 16 Two tribes of eight and a "joker" entering at tribe merge Mattias Dalerstedt Edward Lundberg 7–2 Hasse Aro
2001 Pulau Besar, Malaysia 47 17 Two tribes of eight Jan Emanuel Johansson Jan Dinkelspiel 7–2 Hasse Aro
Kajsa Glansén
2002 Pulau Besar, Malaysia 47 17 Two tribes of eight Antoni Matacz Mariana "Mirre" Dehlin 5–4 Hasse Aro
Joakim Jankert
2003 Babi Tengah and Pulau Besar, Malaysia 47 24 Fourteen returning and ten new contestants Emma Andersson Mille Lansburgh 11–5 Hasse Aro
Anki Lindberg
2004 Sribuat, Malaysia 66 20 Two tribes of seven, a joker and five wildcard contestants Jerry Forsberg Fike Najafi 11–9 1,000,000 SEK
Robert Aschberg Hasse Aro
Claes Leinstedt
2005 Besar Island, Malaysia 47 24 Two tribes of twelve, including one returning contestant Karolina Conrad Max Stjernfelt 6–5 Hasse Aro
Frida Åberg
2005 Malaysia [to be determined] 15 VIP
Three tribes of five celebrities from Denmark, Norway and Sweden
Tilde Fröling Jan Simonsen
Asbjørn Riis
5–4–3 500,000 SEK
2009 El Nido, Palawan, Philippines 38 18 Two tribes of eight, two contestants eliminated without a tribe Ellenor Pierre Jarmo Heinonen 4–3 [to be determined] Linda Isacsson Cricko Akander
2009–2010 Samaná Province, Dominican Republic 43 18 Two tribes of nine Hans Brettschneider Jimmy Führ 5–3 Paolo Roberto Pontus Gårdinger
Ylva Hultén
2010 Caramoan Peninsula, Philippines 42 21 Two tribes of nine and three "jokers" Erik Svedberg Heléne Ekelund [5] Nicklas Nordernström
Ylva Hultén
2011 El Nido, Palawan, Philippines 36 20 Two tribes of ten Mats Kemi Ola Ahlgren
Hanna Nygren
[6] Cricko Akander
Ylva Hultén
2012 35 14 Fourteen returning contestants Mariana "Mirre" Hammarling Robert "Robban" Andersson 3–0 Stefan Stridh
2015 Koh Rong, Cambodia 35 27 Love Edition
Twenty-seven single contestants between the ages of 20 and 42 paired together
Jennifer Egelryd
Dan Spinelli Scala
Denice Andrée
Pontus Hermansson
8–3 Linda Isacsson Mia Berg
2018 Yasawa Islands, Fiji 51 19 Two tribes of eight and three wildcard contestants Daniel "DK" Westlund Henrik Norgren 7–2 500,000 SEK
Anders Öfvergård Jacob Juhl
2019 Kadavu Group, Fiji [to be determined] 22 Two tribes of ten and two contestants (one returnee) on a separate beach Klas Beyer Fia Grönborg [a]
2020 Kadavu Group, Fiji 42 23 Two tribes of ten and three wildcard contestants Michael Björklund Clara Henry
Priya Svang
Caroline Claesson
2021 Norrbotten, Sweden 20 Two tribes of six and eight wildcards Dennis Johansson Annki Nilsson
Joanna Swica
Spring 2022 Dominican Republic 25 Two tribes of six, five returning players on a separate beach and eight wildcards Filip Johansson Jessica Jonasson Claes Leinstedt
Fall 2022 Malaysia 21 Two contestants divide others into two tribes of eight, eliminating two others. The two others are sent to 'The Borderlands' facing off against three former players Lars-Olov Johansson Martin Larsson
Kristofer Nystedt
Petra Malm [sv]
2023 Langkawi, Malaysia 22 One tribe of ten and one tribe of eleven split by 'old' and young'. One young contestant joined tribe days later after being exiled. Oskar Hammerstedt Sanna Strand
Pernilla Block
Anders Lundin
2023 El Nido, Philippines 22 Two tribes of eight with three jokers starting on The Borderlands including one returning player. Three contestants join the two tribes days later. Pelle Lilja Emilio Mio Vega
Emilia Persson
Petra Malm [sv]
2024 Philippines 22 Two tribes of ten divided by gender with two returning players starting on The Borderlands. TBD TBD Anders Lundin


  1. ^ Instead of a jury, there was a final challenge to determine the winner.


  1. ^ a b Svensson, p. 16
  2. ^ Lindner, Tobias (22 November 2001). "Miljoner tv-tittare har hört musiken". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 20 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Reality TV around the globe". BBC News. 24 May 2001. Archived from the original on 7 February 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  4. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (10 July 2017). "Banijay Raises $416M To Help Finance Acquisition Of 'Survivor's Castaway Prods". Archived from the original on 2 October 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  5. ^ Unlike previous seasons, this season didn't feature a jury vote to decide the winner. Instead, there was a final challenge in which Erik won against Heléne.
  6. ^ Like the previous season, this season didn't have a jury vote to decide the winner. Instead, it was a final challenge where Mats became the winner against runners-up Ola and Hanna.
  • Svensson, Niklas (2004). Robinsonboken - Sanningen om Expedition Robinson (in Swedish). Bazar Förlag AB. ISBN 91-7028-017-7.

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