Being an Observatory, we want to observe (present, interpret, compare and analyse) facts and processes. We are looking for what is common and what is different in the countries between the Baltic and the Adriatic Seas. We want to be as practical as possible - this explains the simplicity of our site, too. We hope to save on your telecom bill by omitting fancy images. We hope to be consulted at decision making, pro and con: to provide references from other countries in order to help good measures and halt bad ones. We want to remain within the broadly defined domain of "financing culture". Broadly, in the sense to make excursions into policy, law, management etc. Broad, too, is our definition of culture. We are not advocating methods, priorities or policies. We are not promoting artists or projects. We cannot get you money. We are not an academic institution although we want to be a reliable source for researchers. (And interesting for common folks, too.) We do not build huge data-banks but want to find relevant points and information which one can absorb without being lost in the sea of statistics. We will not get far without your contributions. This is not an astronomical website.