Living in Finland - or actually I live in Helsinki - is quite nice and peaceful, although the winter is slowly coming and is the most depressing time of the year for it's dark outside 24/7. Over all, we aren't as open and friendly people as the other Scandinavians, I think, but... Mm, we get along with each other.
I know, Finnish is quite awful, especially if you have to learn it. I hate it how people here nag about people that move here from abroad and then don't know our language... Most of them do try and learn it, but it's not like you can learn fluent Finnish in half a year, you know? And then they nag because they make lots of mistakes with the language... Really, everyone knows English here. Helsinki also happens to be the place where all the tourists come to, especially now that there's no snow anywhere, so you don't need to know the language in order to visit.
I kinda consider everything that is not mainstream, indie, right? Perhaps we can decide on a criteria, so I can narrow it down a bit. For now, name dropping a few (cause there is a shit load of them):
CSS, Peaches, Ladyhawke, Little boots, La Roux, Robots in Disguise, R?yksopp, Santogold, M.I.A, mgmt, empire of the sun, Feist, Foals, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol... you know what, I'm just gonna say everything that might play at coachella or SXSW
Rio had the best parties ever. Now, I like indie music and all, so i went to a party there that was like "OMG where did these people come from?". Such an incredible amount of hotness gathered in one single place. I'm not kidding.
Lots of nice foreigners too . Just gorgeous and hot people .