PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 February, 2007, 12:00am

Name: Steven Lars Rikard Engstrom

Age: 16

City/country: Stockholm, Sweden

School: L'estradska

Star sign: Virgo

I'm a guy who likes having fun and being with friends. I also like sports even though I don't play a lot any more.

Generally speaking, most teenagers in Sweden are open, curious and like to travel.

My country is very cold in winter and there is also a fair bit of snow, so you sometimes get sick of it. Summer, on the other hand, is usually really nice, although it can be rainy at times.

My family and I live on an island, pretty close to the centre of Stockholm. It is very green, so I can enjoy the city and a suburban environment at the same time.

I take maths, English, Swedish, Spanish, geography, history, social science, natural science, biology, philosophy, psychology, physical education, and some additional subjects that I have not chosen yet.

I spend a few hours a week on my homework, but the exact amount of time differs from week to week.

Sweden is a welfare state and the government spends a lot of money on different subsidies. For example, I receive 950 Swedish krona (HK$1,000) from the government as a study fund.

My family consists of me, my dad and my mum. We are a family that's pretty open about most things.

For meals, we eat everything from pancakes to pasta. Sometimes I cook, though not too often.

I also help around the house with the laundry and some cleaning. I do other things, too, but not on a regular basis.

In my spare time, I do a lot of things. During the day, I go to cafes, and in the evening, I go to parties. I also like listening to music. I like different types of music but I'm not a big fan of heavy metal.

I used to play soccer and European handball. Now, I play a bit of tennis. I also have a moped (a type of motorbike) that I use a lot, except in the winter when it snows.

For holidays, I go to places both in Sweden and overseas. Every year, we go to visit my cousins who live on a farm in the south of Sweden. In the summer we swim and sail on the lake near the farm.

We also go abroad every year, often to Australia because my parents work with some schools there.

In Sweden, we celebrate the summer solstice around June 21 every year. It is the day of the year with the most daylight hours.

Another important festival is Christmas. We eat a lot of good food on Christmas Eve and after that we give out presents.

And, of course, we have Christmas trees and Santa Claus for the children.

If you want to make friends with teens from other countries, send an e-mail to yp.epal@scmp.com. Young Post will forward all e-mails to Steven but cannot guarantee a reply.