for your spouse it can be a little complicated, because as mentioned in our article concerning the new rule, the rule will be phased in over 3 years. So if she apply for benefits in 2019 she must have stayed in DK for 5 out of the last 12 years. If she apply for benefits in 2020 she must have stayed 6 out of the last 12 years, and if she apply in 2021 and beyond, she must have stayed 7 out of the last 12 years.
You must meet the requirement on the day you apply for unemployment benefits.
If you spouse apply for benefits in 2019, and do that before 1. of september 2019, she will not meet the requirement. If she apply in the period from sept. 1 - dec. 31 2019, she will fulfill the requirement.
And the same calculation can be made if she apply in 2020. In 2020 she will have stayed 1 more year, but at the same time the requirement is 1 more year.
But from 1. of september 2021 and beyond she will always have stayed in Denmark more than 7 of the last 12 years. And therefore from 1. of september 2021, there should be no problem.