Throughout centuries, the Baltic Sea has mitigated free trade and cultural exchange among people and nations with widely different backgrounds, which gave dynamism and diversity. After a troubled - though in a historical context fairly short - period with limitations on trade and individual freedom, our shared sea has resumed its old role. "Born into a dream? looks byond the dark period into the new freedom and into the challenging building up of the societies around our common heritage. Thank you for the "the dream?.