Boykos

Boykos

Boyko or Boiko (Ukrainian: Boyko) are a distinctive group of Ukrainian highlanders or mountain-dwellers of the Carpathian highlands.

About Boykos

Boyko or Boiko (Ukrainian: Boyko) are a distinctive group of Ukrainian highlanders or mountain-dwellers of the Carpathian highlands. The Boykos inhabit the central and the western half of the Carpathians in Ukraine, including the Dolynskyi and a part of the Rozhniativskyi Raions (districts) in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (province), the Skolivskyi, Turkivskyi, and parts of the Drohobytskyi, Sambirskyi and Starosambirskyi Raions in the Lviv Oblast, and parts of the Mizhhirskyi Raion in the Zakarpattia Oblast), as well as the adjacent areas of southeast Poland and northeast Slovakia. Boykos identify themselves as part of the Ukrainian ethnos. Indeed, in the 19th century and in the first part of the 20th century Boykos, as well as most of the population of the present day's Western Ukraine called themselves Ruthenians (Ukrainian: Rusini, Rusyny).

Contributions by Aleksandr Grigoryev, Irpen, and AndriyK.