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S/O Screenless windows

Why are screens not common in Europe?  I have hear a plethora of excuses ranging from, "we don't have as many bugs" coughbullshitcough to "We just don't need them".

It seems to me that places without central air that are forced to keep windows open should have screens.  They are a (comparatively) cheap fix and don't hurt anything.  I guess I just don't understand what is so bad about screens that you wouldn't use them.

What is the real reason that Europeans by and large do not have screens in their windows? 

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  • I have a couple of theories.

    1. European couples tend to have more affairs than couples from other areas of the world and thus refrain from keeping screens in their windows so as to provide a quick, easy escape route. This stemmed from the large amount of "jumping through screened window and bouncing back into the kitchen, impaling their genitalia on the sink faucets". Thus, the EU has banned window screens in an effort to reduce health care costs.

    2. Europeans have blocked up their Chimneys and thus have no way of letting Santa Claus in without him having to either jimmy off the window screen first or waking up the entire household by having to ring the doorbell.

    3. Europeans find bug bites attractive. 

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  • I think it really is that they've lived without them for this long, why change?

    It could also be that some windows, are hard to fit for screens.  

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  • Danish design is well-known for being awesome, but Danes can't figure out windows at all.  I don't get it.  It's not just the lack of screens, which, really, is enough in itself, but it's also the way they open, the way I need four sets of hooks and holes to prop them at various settings, etc. instead of just one method with the ability to stop opening at whatever point you wish.

    I file it in the same WTF folder as gigantic square pillows. 

  • image Tofumonkey:

    I have a couple of theories.

    1. European couples tend to have more affairs than couples from other areas of the world and thus refrain from keeping screens in their windows so as to provide a quick, easy escape route. This stemmed from the large amount of "jumping through screened window and bouncing back into the kitchen, impaling their genitalia on the sink faucets". Thus, the EU has banned window screens in an effort to reduce health care costs.

    2. Europeans have blocked up their Chimneys and thus have no way of letting Santa Claus in without him having to either jimmy off the window screen first or waking up the entire household by having to ring the doorbell.

    3. Europeans find bug bites attractive. 

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

     Honestly, I have no idea at all what the predjudice against screens is.

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  • image Tofumonkey:

    I have a couple of theories.

    1. European couples tend to have more affairs than couples from other areas of the world and thus refrain from keeping screens in their windows so as to provide a quick, easy escape route. This stemmed from the large amount of "jumping through screened window and bouncing back into the kitchen, impaling their genitalia on the sink faucets". Thus, the EU has banned window screens in an effort to reduce health care costs.

    2. Europeans have blocked up their Chimneys and thus have no way of letting Santa Claus in without him having to either jimmy off the window screen first or waking up the entire household by having to ring the doorbell.

    3. Europeans find bug bites attractive. 

     

    Thanks for clearing that up!  ;)

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  • No problem. 

    Actually, in most European countries, the translation of "bug bites" is:

    La bug-ah bite-ah

    which, said with an accent, sounds quite sexy and is considered a real turn on. Apparently, according to my excellent sources, one of the most effective pick up lines in Europe is :  I vould like to take you 'ome to my 'ouse so I may count your delicate bug-ah bite-ahs.

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  • DH swears by the "we don't have as many bugs so we just don't need them" excuse. But then everytime I pointed out a bug in our flat he'd be like "ohhh hmmmmm". Whatever! They should have them. Sometimes I think its the type of window they tend to have just wouldn't be compatible but I have no idea. My sisters house is really old, though, like 1700's old and they have window screens on their windows so I don't know.
  • we've killed at least 5 hornets this week in our apartment. ugh!

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    Danish design is well-known for being awesome, but Danes can't figure out windows at all.  I don't get it.  It's not just the lack of screens, which, really, is enough in itself, but it's also the way they open, the way I need four sets of hooks and holes to prop them at various settings, etc. instead of just one method with the ability to stop opening at whatever point you wish.

    I file it in the same WTF folder as gigantic square pillows. 

    no kidding-who likes feeling smothered in their sleep?
  • I don't know. Every hardware store has the velco kind, but not the permanent ones. They are becoming a bit more easier to find though...and an American company has started selling American style ones here.
  • I can answer for anywhere north of Birmingham confidently by saying:

    "it doesn't get frickin HOT enough to open the windows, so no need for screens up here"

  • Maybe they think those sheer netting curtains keep the bugs out?

      

  • In Prague we lived in a lovely, recently redone apartment with absolutely ridiculous windows. They were huge and opened in, so nothing could be within two feet of the windows. Then they had the inside layer and the outside layer, so you practically had to have a degree in engineering to get the thing all the way open. 

    And of course, no screens.

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  • I attribute the screenlessness here to the fact that most windows swing out.  The hinges are often in the middle of the window, on both the left and right side, and can swing bottom out or bottom in.  Ergo, no screen allowed.
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  • My windows swing both in and out, because they are actually two windows right next to each other for the same hole in my wall, which brings me back to the WTF point I was getting to before.
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    Maybe they think those sheer netting curtains keep the bugs out?

      

    O.M.G!  Seriously, those things are so outdated and fug and yet it seems everyone here has them...including my mil.  Blech!
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  • I just asked DH this question last night! I'm getting so tired of hunting spiders.
  • I believe it has to do with lack of standard window & door sizes...it also explains why there aren't air conditioners that go into windows.

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  • Well, I don't know why exactly there are no screens in Europe but I do have them everywhere in my house in the US and I get an insane amount of bugs in my house. Spiders? Check. Earwigs? Check. Asian beetles? Check. Flies? Check. I put some chemicals all around the house and windows to keep bugs outside.

    When I was in France, my windows would be open all the time and I only had the occasional flies in the summer. Go figure.

     But I have to say I hate screens with a passion. I had to remove one to access the roof and I felt so free. Like I had a brand new view from my window. I saw at the Home Depot the other day that they now make screens that are virtually invisible. Now I wish they would invent something where you can remove the screen and put it back as easily as opening a window.

  • image Tofumonkey:

    I have a couple of theories.

    1. European couples tend to have more affairs than couples from other areas of the world and thus refrain from keeping screens in their windows so as to provide a quick, easy escape route. This stemmed from the large amount of "jumping through screened window and bouncing back into the kitchen, impaling their genitalia on the sink faucets". Thus, the EU has banned window screens in an effort to reduce health care costs.

    2. Europeans have blocked up their Chimneys and thus have no way of letting Santa Claus in without him having to either jimmy off the window screen first or waking up the entire household by having to ring the doorbell.

    3. Europeans find bug bites attractive. 

     

    LOL!!!

    I've often wondered the same thing about Israel... really annoys me!! On our list of to dos...

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