According to the Lego Group, Lego bricks are made in factories in Denmark, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Mexico. The company is based in Billund, Denmark, although the popularity of the building blocks has given it a worldwide presence.
Lego was created by a carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen, who began creating children's toys in his workshop in 1932. His company name is an abbreviation of the Danish phrase "leg godt," which translates to "play well." Christiansen began creating plastic toys in 1947, and in 1949 the company began selling the first version of its trademark building blocks. The first Lego bricks were called "automatic binding bricks."