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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 March, 2008, 12:00am

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Name Christoffer Ravn Rahbek

Age 16

City Hellerup

Star sign Aries

Hellerup is a little suburb, with old villas dating from 1890 and big gardens.

We are right on the coast and have harbours and nice parks, yet only 10 minutes from the centre of the capital, Copenhagen.

We have definite seasons in Denmark. The temperature goes from minus 8 degrees Celsius, with snow and a lot of rain from November to March, to 25 degrees or more from April to October, perfect weather for beach trips and garden parties.

My first language is Danish, and then English and German, as we learn them at school. I also understand some Swedish and Norwegian because they are similar to Danish.

In my spare time, I like to go running, go to parties and play online or computer games with my friends.

I also take singing lessons and listen to a lot of music. I love reading manga, drawing and watching movies.

During the winter holidays, I spend one or two weeks skiing and snowboarding with my family, mostly in Italy or France.

Over the summer holidays, I travel with my family, mostly to Italy, for swimming and cultural experiences.

I like running and skateboarding, but my favourite sport is probably combative sports like taijutsu. I've also tried fencing, ice skating, tennis and archery.

I like 60s, 70s and 80s music the most, like Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Deep Purple, The Beatles and Supertramp. I also like modern music like Daft Punk, Trentemoller, Timbaland.

Some of my favourite movies are The Simpsons Movie and Die Hard 4.0. I also love the TV show Friends.

Danish teenagers try to act like adults. But that doesn't mean listening to the same music or visiting the same Internet sites as their parents! They try to maintain their own youth culture.

A lot of Danish boys have long hair. We dress very casually in skater shoes, jeans and sweatshirts - I guess we follow skater/rock fashion.

What I love about Denmark is the people. They have a good sense of humour, which is heavily based on irony - it can be difficult for others to understand.

I also like that the climate is not too hot - although it can rain a lot. It's a very safe country: no wars, not too many crimes, and people care deeply about the environment. It's clean and tidy here.

Christmas is a very big celebration in Denmark. Another big celebration is New Year's Eve: at 6pm, we start listening to the Queen of Denmark's New Year's speech on TV.

I love travelling. With my choir, I've been all over the world, including Africa, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and South America.

As an AFS exchange student, I'm lucky enough to get to know life in Hong Kong - yet another enchanting experience.