Check out this article which compares life in the north (Scandinavia) with the South (New Zealand)...from a Kiwi point of view.
"abrupt" and "unfriendly" - "funny, loyal and generous"...clear the confusion.
By the way, if you are thinking about moving to New Zealand - I can help you with the culture AND the language. Drop me a message or let me know in the comments.
"A little bit of English...EVERY DAY!"