Ruthenian in Ukraine





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Rusyns are an Eastern Slavic ethnic group. Their origins can be traced back to Slavic peoples who began to appear in the valleys of the Carpathian Mountains in small numbers during the fifth and sixth centuries.

Where Are they Located?

The Rusyns are located in the remote and rugged Carpathian highlands which overlap portions of Romania, Ukraine, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditional Rusyn culture is characterized by the colorful and elaborate craftsmanship of their clothing, sculpture, architecture, woodworking, metalworking, rug weaving, pottery, and egg decorating. Other Rusyn traditions are their songs and dances.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are affiliated with the Greek Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches and consider membership to be a part of their national character.

Prayer Points

* Ask God to call out local Ukrainian Evangelical Christians to share the Good News with the Rusyns.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Ruthenian
People Name in Country Ruthenian
Population in Ukraine 511,000
World Population 592,000
Countries 8
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Balkan Gypsy, Hungarian Gypsy, Jerides, Rusin, Rusy, Rusyn
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Slav, Eastern
People Name General Ruthenian
Ethnic Code CEW22k
People ID 14601
Country Ukraine
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Transcarpathian Oblast. May be in Romania.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rusyn (511,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Rusyn 511,000
For Primary Language: Rusyn

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.70 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
100.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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