PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 August, 2007, 12:00am

Name: Benedek Nagy

Age: 17

City, country: Vienna, Austria

School: BRG BORG Gerasdorferstrasse

Star sign: Libra

What I like most about my country is the fact that so much of the culture has been preserved.

The people are very patriotic, but they are also welcoming and open.

Austrians care very much about the environment and enjoy every minute they spend in the mountains.

My favourite sports are cycling and hiking, although I do these for pleasure and not on a regular basis.

My hobbies change regularly.

Daydreaming, cycling, sleeping, going to the opera, playing with my little sister, experimenting with my computer and discovering new music - these are some of my favourite ways of spending time.

When I am with friends, we usually go bike riding, or watch movies, play chess or just chat.

Austrian people like to go abroad in the summer, especially to countries with beaches, such as Italy and Spain. In winter, we usually go skiing during the holidays.

Winter in Austria is cold, with temperatures between minus five and minus 10 degrees Celsius. There is also snow and strong winds.

I greatly admire the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. I love his music and admire him as a person and the way he conducted his life during some of the most difficult times of the early 20th century.

I am studying English, French, German, history, biology, geography, maths, music and physical education.

I consider my free time very valuable and I try to get my homework out of the way early. I usually study for a test the night before.

I don't have any pets, although I've asked my parents to get one. They probably don't like the idea of feeding an animal, in addition to four children.

I don't care too much about fashion.

Most of my clothes were given as birthday or Christmas presents. I don't wear clothes just to show off.

Besides Austria National Day, on October 26, Christmas and Easter are the country's most important holidays.

We celebrate Christmas by putting up a Christmas tree in the house. On Christmas Eve, we will find presents placed under the tree.

Children like Christmas very much. Austrian children believe the new-born Christ put the gifts under the tree.