It is based on the Big Brother series produced by Endemol.
From 2000 on seasons of Big Brother were shown in both Norway and Sweden and in both countries the show enjoyed very high ratings, so high that eventually the production teams of both began thinking about joining together to make one Big Brother show for both countries. The 2006 edition was also a co-production between Norwegian and Swedish Big Brother.
Being one of the first ten countries to air the format, the show saw several "worlds first" in the game.
After nine original contestants entered the house on launch night, Daniel Hellström would eventually walk only three days later.
In the second week Eva Pederson, single mother of four, walked as well which was resulting in only seven housemates being eligible for the first nomination and two replacements making their way into the house before the very first official eviction.
Having a diverse cast, the audience witnessed a lot of arguments and misunderstandings between the contestants mainly between the "sexual experiental" housemates and the more conservative ones.
The first season of Big Brother Sverige started on September 4 and ended on December 15, 2000 lasting for 103 days.
(Hakon Mosvold Larsen, NTB scanpix via AP) Norwegian three-time Olympic cross-country skiing medalist Therese Johaug, right, arrives for press conference in Oslo, Thursday, Oct. Acording to the Norwegian Ski Federation Johaug has tested positive for a banned substance contained in a sun cream.
Big Brother Sverige was the Swedish version of reality TV show Big Brother and was aired from 2000 to 2004 on Kanal 5 for four very successful seasons.
Contestants lived in the form and were filmed around the clock.
That release seems pretty reasonable, NBC doesn't want to get hosed if one of them was walking around with their dangly bits out while the cameras were running.